Postgraduate taught 

Public Health MPH/PgDip/PgCert

Social Determinants of Health MED5522

  • Academic Session: 2020-21
  • School: Health and Wellbeing
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course will employ a range of theoretical perspectives in order to examine social determinants of health and health inequalities.


This course is made up of lectures and tutorials in semester 2.

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





Essay (3,000 words approx.) - 80%


Poster - 20%

Course Aims

To introduce students to the analysis of health's social determinants, related policy and professional practice.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

On completion of this course, students will be able to:

1. Critically analyse the implications of social stratification and related social justice issues for health.

2. Evaluate public policy responses to health inequalities and inequities, and a range of interventions designed to reduce these.

3. Critically appraise political ideologies in relation to action on social determinants.

4. Synthesise relevant theoretical and empirically grounded perspectives on social determinants to inform recommendations for practice.

5. Evaluate evidence for social determinants of health and related policies and practices.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.