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, physical, political, cultural, indigenous, geographic 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, and how people engage with the Australian healthcare system. It will focus on specific social phenomena such as a socioeconomic 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.
On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
This unit is studied as part of the following course(s):