The social determinants of health are the social, economic and political conditions in which people are born, grow, work, live, and age. This topic provides an introduction to the social determinants of health through a history of ideas and an examination of core values and principles in health promotion. Through investigations of research literature and relevant case studies, students will acquire an understanding of health promotion practice that is informed by a social determinants approach. Particular attention will be given to political ideologies, inequity in health across population groups, and actions required for health enhancing social change. Policy processes and the role of communities in policy development will be emphasised.
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