Module Catalogue 2022/23

HSC8003 : Advanced Social Determinants of Health

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Laura Woods
  • Co-Module Leader: Dr Courtney McNamara
  • Lecturer: Professor Clare Bambra
  • Owning School: FMS Graduate School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment

Or Health and Society if taken in 2017-18 or before

Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment



This module provides students with in-depth, case study-based understanding of social determinants of health, their contribution to health inequalities and the basis for developing policies and interventions to address social determinants of health. Emphasis is placed on research led teaching by leading authorities in the field.

Outline Of Syllabus

This module will cover the following topics (not in this sequence):

•       What do we mean by the social determinants of health?
•       How do these determinants affect health and health inequalities?
•       What do we mean by health inequalities?
•       How have theories of inequality developed?
•       How do policies and systems affect health?

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

By the end of the module students should be able to:

• ? ? ? Understand the importance of various social determinants of health in contributing to health outcomes and health inequalities
• ? ? ? Understand how research evidence on social determinants of health can be used to develop and evaluate public policies, and be able to apply that understanding to specific cases
• ? ? ? Understand the significance for health of public policies outside the health sector, and choices made by private actors outside the health sector.

Intended Skill Outcomes

By the end of the module students should be able to:

•       ? ? ? Critically assess research evidence on the social determinants of health
•       ? ? ? Look ‘upstream’ to consider health beyond the health service
•       ? ? ? Apply those skills and understandings to specific cases of intervention design and policy analysis and evaluation
•       ? ? ? In the form of written work that meets high standards of scientific quality and clarity.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion201:0020:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture53:0015:00Present in person (divided into appropriate slots)
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study641:0064:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk11:001:00Present in person: Formative surgery on the summative assessment
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Most of the learning outcomes relate to critiquing and/or analysing the subject. Presentation will be structured to be as interactive as possible, with opportunities for small group work as appropriate. To bring all the students to a similar level of comprehension, students will be asked to read and prepare prior to the lectures. The module talk will take the form of a formative surgery on the assessment, in which students discuss queries about the summative assessment, either submitted in advance or provided on the day, no written feedback is provided. emand.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M1002000 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The summative assessment will (a) test students’ ability critically to assess explanations for health inequalities that are organised around social determinants of health, and (b) invite them to apply this knowledge and skill set by focusing on a specific case study, social determinant of health or policy challenge.

A formative 'surgery' will be held on the essay assignment


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


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