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Swedish title Sociala bestämningsfaktorer för hälsa
English title Social determinants of health
Course number 2711
Credits 3.0
Responsible KI department Institutionen för global folkhälsa
Specific entry requirements
Grading Passed /Not passed
Established by The Board of Doctoral Education
Established 2017-03-27
Purpose of the course The course intends to enable the PhD student, especially in public health, to acquire increased knowledge and skills to reflect with a research mindset over his/her own PhD thesis from the perspective of social determinants of health and inequalites in health.
Intended learning outcomes On completion of the course the student should be able to:
1. Reflect with a research mindset over major social determinants of health, and their relative importance in different contexts and settings
2. Compare and contrast how social factors may influence disease and ill health and how diseases also may have social consequences
3. Reflect with a research mindset over the social gradient in health
4. Discuss some principal mechanisms by which health inequalities are generated.
Contents of the course The course aims to introduce and discuss some major social determinants of health and their relative importance in different settings and contexts. In addition the course discusses how the distribution of social determinants of health in the population may create a social gradient of disease and ill health in the population and some principal mechanisms by which inequalities in health may be generated. Different measures of socioeconomic position, advantages and disadvantages of the different measures and different data sources are discussed. As part of the course, students are expected in an individual assignment to reflect on their own PhD project from the perspective of social determinants of health and inequalities in health, with reference to the course literature.
Teaching and learning activities Teaching methods will include lectures, seminars, group work and a written individual assignment, and will be based on the course book and selected scientific articles.
Compulsory elements Active participation in seminars and group work is mandatory. The course director assesses if, and in that case how, absence can be compensated.
Examination Successful examination involves
- Completed individual assignment
- Presentation of own written reflection, and commenting on the reflection of others
- Participation in mandatory seminars and group work
Literature and other teaching material Marmot M, Wilkinson RG (eds). Social determinants of health. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006.
Berkman L, Kawachi I, Glymour M. Social epidemiology (2nd edition). Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014.

In addition, selected scientific articles will be distributed during the course.
Course responsible Bo Burström
Institutionen för global folkhälsa
08-52480160

Bo.Burstrom@ki.se

Tomtebodavägen 18A
Widerströmska huset
17177
Stockholm
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