Health Determinants and Interventions (HSBH1008)


This unit will introduce students to the main social and economic factors associated with patterns of health in Australia and a global context and will explore the social, cultural and environmental processes involved in determining the similarities and disparities in the health of populations and peoples, drawing primarily on sociological approaches. Students will be introduced to a repertoire of key concepts for understanding these processes including class, gender, occupation, ethnicity, indigeneity, disability, inequality, globalisation, and the role of governments. Initiatives to promote preventable hospitalisation and increased health and wellbeing within and across population groups will be examined, particularly those proposed by the WHO's Commission on the Social Determinants of Health.

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1x2-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week


Tutorial attendance and presentation (25%), essay (25%), 2hr final exam (50%)

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