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Thompson Rivers University

HLTH 4001: Social Determinants of Health

This course provides an opportunity for participants to develop or strengthen their understanding of social determinants of health using local, regional, national and international perspectives. Participants will critically examine social inequities and the health consequences in diverse populations.

Learning outcomes

After successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe the concepts of the social determinants of health.
  • Analyse the impact of inequities in social determinants on local, regional, national, and international populations.
  • Identify the influence of the social, political, and economic contexts.
  • Explore strategies and actions (local, regional, national, and international) that impact the health equity/inequity of diverse populations.

Course topics

  • Introduction to the Social Determinants of Health
  • Economic Inequities and Solutions
  • Social Inequities and Solutions
  • Community Inequities and Solutions
  • Health Inequities and Solutions for Children to Youth
  • Health Inequities as They Relate to Culture and Solutions
  • Gender Inequities and Solutions
  • Health Inequities Linked to Biology and Genetics and Solutions
  • Healthcare Inequities and Solutions
  • Influencing Social Policy
  • Global Health Sustainability Activities
  • Global Equity Action Strategies

Required text and materials

  1. Wilkinson, R., & Pickett, K. The spirit level: Why equality is better for everyone. Toronto: Penquin Books, 2010.
    Type: ISBN: 978-0-241-95429-4
  1. Mikkonen, J., & Raphael, D. Social determinants of health: The Canadian facts. Toronto: York University School of Health Policy and Management, 2010.
    Type: TRU OL In-house reprint.


To successfully complete this course, you must achieve a passing grade of 50% or higher on the overall course and 50% or higher on the mandatory final project. The following table illustrates how your final grade will be determined for this course.

Assignment 1: Online Discussions 25%
Assignment 2: Photo Voice Project 25%
Assignment 3: Group Presentation 25%
Final Project: Policy Proposal 25%
Total 100%

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.

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