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Social Determinants of Health: What Is Your Role?
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Social determinants of health are the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age. These factors can all have an impact on health. But what exactly are they and how much impact do they have?
Understand and address health inequalities
This free online course will help you to understand health inequalities and how they are socially driven. We will look at how health is affected by wider determinants and how you can make a difference as a health professional to close the health inequality gap.
Through a range of case studies from high to low income countries, you will gain a better understanding of:
- social determinants of health;
- why health inequalities exist;
- and the role of health professionals and systems in reducing health inequality.
Learn with the BMJ and Institute of Health Equity
The course has been developed by BMJ Learning – a provider of high-quality continuing medical education for doctors and other healthcare professionals – and the Institute of Health Equity (IHE) at University College London (UCL).
IHE is a leading authority in the subject of health inequality and led the World Health Organization (WHO) commission on social determinants of health.
What are health inequalities and the social determinants of health?
Framework from the Commission on the social determinants of health
The role of Health professionals
Understanding the issue, monitoring health inequality and working with individuals and communities.
Education and training
Building the evidence: monitoring and evaluation
The clinical setting: working with individuals and communities
The health system as an employer; partnerships and advocacy
Health system roles: as employers, managers and commissioners
Working in partnership: within the health sector and beyond
Advocating for change: for the patient, community and health system
Learning on this course
You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...
- Describe health inequalities and the social determinants of health.
- Explore the Framework from the Commission on the Social Determinants of Health.
- Classify potential actions to reduce health inequalities according to their social context.
- Debate the role of the health care professional in addressing the social determinants of health.
- Describe case studies of individuals, organisations, and national programmes to reduce health inequalities.
- Investigate data tools to identify health gaps.
Who is the course for?
This course is designed for healthcare professionals, including doctors, nurses, pharmacists, midwives, dentists, community health workers, health administrators, allied health professionals and carers.