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Social determinants and inequity


There is a considerable body of literature indicating a consistent relationship between socio-economic factors and health. The principal measures of socio-economic status have been education, income, and occupation. Education has been the most frequent measure as it does not usually change (as income or occupation might) after early adulthood. Information about education can be obtained easily and it is unlikely that poor health in adulthood influences level of education. Recent research has developed specific instruments for assessment of individual socioeconomic circumstances or conditions. These include material deprivation and self-perceived deprivation as important psycho-social pathways to ill-health. This course aims to provide the trainees with knowledge of how social determinants work at different levels (individual, family, local, national, and state) and also provide them with skills that enable them to assess the main social and economic determinants of population health.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Understand that health is not only a medical issue but also a social one
  2. Define how social determinants operate at different levels (i.e. individual, household, community, national and international)
  3. Understand the impact of the socio-economic environment on health
  4. Critically appraise the differential burden of ill-health across populations and population sub-groups
  5. Assess the main socio-economic determinants of health in their own populations according to education, income, occupation, absolute (material) deprivation, and relative deprivation
  6. Apply the social determinants and gender framework to shape and inform health policies and interventions
  7. Advance strategic thinking on tackling health inequalities

Course Outline

  1. Introduction to the course and expectations of scholars
  2. Inequality and inequity
  3. Natural variations/environmental factors
  4. The social gradient: education, occupation, wealth
  5. Social determinants: social gradient, gender, social support, social exclusion, nutrition, access to health services etc.
  6. Justice in health (ethics)
  7. The specific impact of social determinants on selected diseases
  8. Inequities in health of the people living in Jordan and neighbouring countries
  9. Interventive approaches to solve inequities in health including target setting
  10. How to inform politicians on strategies to reduce inequity
  11. Measurement of the progress of interventive actions
  12. Improvement of every-day life of the people
  13. Meeting with disadvantaged groups
  14. WHO Commission on Social Determinants of Health: Closing the gap in a generation
  15. Examples of research studies

Training Delivery Methods

  1. In-class method
  2. Online method
  • Duration: 30 Learning Hours

Accredited By


Participant who complete the stand alone course will be awarded a Certificate of Course Completion.