Health Determinants and Interventions (HSBH1008)


Health Determinants will introduce students to the major Australian and international patterns of health and well being as measured and reported by the leading national and global health agencies, and the main social factors associated with these trends. It 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, ethnicity, indigeneity, racism, ageing, the state, discourse, globalisation, and embodiment. 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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2-hr lecture/week, 1-hr tutorial /week


Multiple choice test (15% ), essay test (15%), individual tutorial presentation (10%), tutorial discussion contribution (20% ) and essay (40%).

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