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HSC8003 : Social Determinants of Health - Theory and Applications

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Laura Woods
  • Co-Module Leader: Dr Courtney McNamara
  • Lecturer: Professor Clare Bambra, Dr Steph Scott
  • Owning School: Population Health Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
European Credit Transfer System


This module provides students with in-depth theoretical and research-informed understanding of social determinants of health, their contribution to health inequalities and the basis for developing policies and interventions to address them. Emphasis is placed on research-led teaching by leading authorities in the field including short topic-based presentations on highly contemporary research.

Outline Of Syllabus

This module will cover the following topics:

•       What do we mean by the “social determinants of health”?
•       How can we better understand how social determinants of health impact health
•       How do national and global policies and institutions affect social determinants of health?

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture53:0015:00Present in person (divided into appropriate slots)
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion201:0020:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study641:0064:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk11:001:00Present in person: Formative surgery on the summative assessment (optional)
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 in-built opportunities for facilitated group work and peer interaction. To bring all the students to a similar level of comprehension, students will be asked to read and prepare for group work sessions prior to the lectures. The module talk will take the form of an optional formative surgery on the assessment, in which students will be given the opportunity to discuss queries about the summative assessment, either submitted in advance or provided on the day, no written feedback is provided.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Presentation2M100PIP individual presentation, 10 mins plus 5 mins question and answers. Slides required to be submitted 24 hours ahead of time.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The 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 health inequality using an outcome and context of their own choosing.

Reading Lists