Course Discription

- Elective courses
Globalization and Social Determinants of Health
0 credit
Type of courses
Elective courses
Yawen Cheng
Course Outline
In this course we examine how globalization affects various types of social determinants of health and health inequalities, which in turn influence individual's health and population health. The course emphasizes on the social and policy aspects of health issues. We will begin with an introduction to the framework of social determinants of health and the typology of policy level interventions to tackle health inequalities. Following that, selected topics will be addressed from a social determinant of health perspective, including health care arrangements, climate change, aging, and employment and work conditions. We will review the state-of-the art knowledge and discuss potential policy interventions to promote health equity both on the domestic and international levels.

Course Objectives:

At the end of the course the students are expected to:
1. understand the key concepts of social determinants of health;
2. comprehend the consequences of globalization on social determinants of health and health inequalities;
3. propose and analyze the different types of health policies to tackle health inequalities. 


Course Requirements:

The course is offered in English. Basic understanding of public health and health policy would be helpful but not a prerequisite. Students are expected to read assigned readings prior to the lecture and submit assignments on a weekly basis. Students are also expected to participate in class discussion, and work on a final project which can be done individually or in pair.