Fall 2020 - HSCI 340 D100

Social Determinants of Health (3)

Class Number: 6299

Delivery Method: Remote


  • Course Times + Location:

    Fr 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM

  • Prerequisites:

    60 units and two HSCI 200-level courses, one of which may be taken concurrently.



Social determinants of health and health inequities. Explores how and why the social advantages and disadvantages that people experience - based on their social position(s) and social circumstances - determine their health status and overall well-being.


Over the last decades the international community, including Canada, has recognized the primary role social determinants play in fuelling our inequitable population health outcomes. In this course, we will examine how some of the major determinants of health help illustrate and explain the complex linkages between the structural organization of society and population health outcomes. Key social determinants of health to be covered include class & social/health inequality,  ethnicity, racialization & social exclusion, and colonization & indigeneity.  

This class will challenge students to interrogate traditional viewpoints on health, healing and disease and question the interplay between values, power and politics embedded in discussion of healthy individuals, families and communities. Students will be asked to critically assess the context/causes, evidence, intersections and health effects of social inequities and to develop better understandings regarding the social determinants of health, health inequity and policy solutions.



TBD: I am still working on the assignments for this course. At this point, I can tell you that there will be no exams or term papers. 



All materials for this class will be available over the web and SFU library website.


Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in fall 2020 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112).