In this unit, students learn to identify social aspects of health topics. They also explore current healthcare policy and practice, in particular the health and wellbeing of diverse and multicultural communities. Students also examine how health disadvantages experienced by particular groups are rooted in wider historical and current inequalities, including those based on ethnicity and citizenship status, gender, sexuality and class. The unit seeks to illustrate why and how sociological knowledge is essential to understanding health as well as issues in healthcare practice. The unit applies these concepts to contemporary models of healthcare professional practice, population health practice, inter-professional care and primary health care designed to address the health care needs of specific populations.