Fall 2019 - HSCI 835 G100

Social Determinants of Health (3)

Class Number: 8031

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 3 – Dec 2, 2019: Mon, 11:30 a.m.–2:20 p.m.



Examination of the major social determinants of health: income and social status, social support networks, education, employment/working conditions, social environments, physical environments, healthy child development, disabilities, gender, racialization, colonization, and culture. Evaluation of empirical research linking social determinants of health to health outcomes. Theoretical frameworks are introduced to operationalize social factors and their intersections for the purposes of application in public health research.


Upon completion of this course, students will be able to: 1. Describe the importance of taking a critical theoretical perspective on social determinants of health and health inequities; 2. Describe and interpret different types of evidence as they apply to social determinants of health and health inequities; 3. Discuss and compare theoretical frameworks used to describe the impact of social and behavioural factors on population patterns of health and disease; 4. Demonstrate how theoretical frameworks can be applied to address public health problems – identifying (i) practical issues associated with the application; (ii) outstanding issues related to construct measurement, (iii) ideas for future research, and (iv) critical strategies for action/change in particular social contexts/populations.



A. Assignment 1: Social Health Working Paper 20% 
B. Assignment 2: Exploring Social Determinants of Health 25% 
C. Assignment 3: Critical Facilitation 35%
D. Assignment 4: Statement of Learning Experience 10% 
E. Participation: Participation in class discussions 10%



All readings will be available via CANVAS or SFU Library.

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