Fall 2021 - HSCI 835 G100

Social Determinants of Health (3)

Class Number: 5579

Delivery Method: Remote


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 12:30 PM – 3:20 PM
    BLU 9021, Burnaby



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.


  • Scholar Practitioner Journals 10%
  • Assignment 1: Building and Sharing Knowledge: Equity, COVID-19, and Public Health 30%
  • Assignment 2: Briefing Note 30%
  • Assignment 3: Knowledge Translation Assignment 30%



All readings will be available via CANVAS or SFU Library.

Graduate Studies Notes:

Important dates and deadlines for graduate students are found here: http://www.sfu.ca/dean-gradstudies/current/important_dates/guidelines.html. The deadline to drop a course with a 100% refund is the end of week 2. The deadline to drop with no notation on your transcript is the end of week 3.

Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in fall 2021 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with approximately 70 to 80 per cent of classes in person/on campus, with safety plans in place.  Whether your course will be in-person or through remote methods will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

Enrolling in a course acknowledges that you are able to attend in whatever format is required.  You should not enroll in a course that is in-person if you are not able to return to campus, and should be aware 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.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the fall 2021 term.