The unit introduces students to the social determinants of health  and their influence on  distribution of health and disease patterns in a national, and global contexts. Social epidemiology seeks to understand the ways in which social, psychological, political, cultural, indigenous and economic circumstances influence our chances for a healthy life. It examines the connections between social factors, health and health patterns in individuals and communities.. It will identify social environmental exposures that may be related to a broad range of physical and mental health outcomes. It will focus on specific socio phenomena such as a socio economic stratification, social network and support, discrimination, work demands and control. This unit explores social factors that affect the health of individuals and communities and how to address health needs in a more holistic manner.

Unit details

Location:
Study level:
Undergraduate
Credit points:
12
Unit code:
HHB2000

Prerequisites

HFB1110 - Foundations of Professional Paramedic Practice

HHB1104 - Introduction to Public Health and Wellness

HHB1204 - Australian Health and Social Care Systems and Policy

HFB1110 - for HBPD students only HHB1104 - for HBHL students only

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Understand the historical framework for social epidemiology;  
  2. Identify the common key social determinants that contribute to states of health;  
  3. Advise the connections between social inequalities and health inequalities;  
  4. Evaluate health behaviours and their contributions to overall health.  

Assessment

Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Three (3) Worksheets (1500 words total) 30%
Presentation Interview and Group presentation (2000 words equivalent) 40%
Examination Examination (1 hour) 30%

Required reading

Social Epidemiology 2nd ed.
Berkman,L.F., Kawachi,I. & Glymour,M. (2014)
New York, Oxford University Press

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