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Undergraduate Course: Social Determinants of Health and Public Policy (IPHP10001)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Social and Political Science CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe course aims to examine the social determinants of health and health inequalities and to evaluate appropriate public policy responses. The course explores in detail current theories explaining the development and persistence of inequalities in health. In particular it will encourage students to examine theories focusing on behavioural/cultural, psycho-social, structural/materialist, and life course explanations of health inequalities. The course will also investigate the role of government in determining economic and social policy, and the impact of economic and social policy on inequalities. It will specifically consider how government approaches to taxation, provision of the welfare state, and the funding and delivery of public services can impact on the equitable distribution of resources within society. The course will finally consider the impact of specific areas of public policy (for example relating to health services, transport, and/or food) on health inequalities.
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Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed:
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  25
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 10, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 166 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) The course will be assessed by means of an essay of 2,500-3,000 words (70% of the overall mark) and an oral presentation (30%).
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understand the range of factors that influence health at a population level including community, social, economic and political factors
  2. Be aware of contemporary debates regarding the causes of health inequalities between population groups categorised by socioeconomic position/social class, ethnicity, gender and place
  3. Have an understanding of different approaches to improving health and reducing health inequalities, including the theoretical underpinnings of these different approaches and the extent to which they are supported by evidence
  4. Be aware of the health impacts of different approaches to social and economic policy and the extent to which these approaches reflect different political and ideological traditions
  5. Understand the influence of different groups of actors on health inequalities and policy responses at a national and global level
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Course organiserDr Sarah Hill
Course secretaryMiss Natalie Stroud
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