Social Determinants of Health

Course description Social Determinants of Health
Year: 2015-2016
Catalog number:
Teacher(s):
  • Dr. Jessica Kiefte-de Jong
  • Drs. E. Kruyt
  • Dr. V. Nierkens
Language: English
Blackboard: Yes
EC: 5
Level: 100
Period: Semester 2, Block III
Hours of study: 35:00 hrs
  • No Elective choice
  • No Contractonderwijs
  • No Exchange
  • No Study Abroad
  • No Evening course
  • No A la Carte
  • No Honours Class

Tags

GPH

Admissions requirements

None.

Description

Vulnerable and socially disadvantaged people suffer more from diseases and have a shorter lifespan on average than people in higher social positions. Factors like an increased risk of exposure to tobacco, unhealthy food and pollution, limited access to health services or lack of financial resources for appropriate treatment, play a major role. Chronic diseases often carry high health-care costs , quickly draining limited house hold resources. At the same time they cause loss of income generating capacity leading families into a vicious circle of poor health and poverty.

These kind of mechanisms play a role all over the world, not only in low income countries, and illustrate the complex interactions between conditions in which people are born, grow, work, live and age, and their health.

During this course we will explore these interactions and discuss the role public health workers can play in reducing these health inequalities.

Course objectives

After this course students will be able to:

  • explain what social determinants are and how they influence health.
  • describe how to measure health inequalities
  • explain how health inequalities develop.
  • evaluate interventions and policies to reduce health inequalities
  • describe the underlying assumptions and elements required for the development of an intervention aimed at reducing health inequalities

Timetable

Once available, timetables will be published here.

Mode of instruction

Self study
Teamwork
Lectures

Assessment

Written Individual assignment (30%)
Written group assignment (30%)
Presentations (20%)
Peer review (20%)

Blackboard

There will be a Blackboard site available for this course. Students will be enrolled at least one week before the start of classes.

Reading list

TBA

Registration

This course is open to LUC students and LUC exchange students. Registration is coordinated by the Curriculum Coordinator. Interested non-LUC students should contact course.administration@luc.leidenuniv.nl.

Contact

Emile Kruyt, MPH
E.Kruyt@lumc.nl

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