The unit introduces students to the social determinants of health and their influence on the distribution of health and disease patterns in 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 (HHB2000) explores social factors that affect the health of individuals and communities and how to address health needs in a more holistic manner.

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HHB1104 - Introduction to Public Health and Wellness (applicable for HBHL students ONLY)

HHB1204 - Australian Health and Social Care Systems and Policy (applicable 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 type Description Grade
Assignment Three (3) Worksheets (1500 words total) 30%
Project Interview and Group presentation (2000 words and 10mins presentation) 50%
Test Test (1 hour) 20%

Required reading

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

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