2020-2021 Academic Catalog 
    Mar 08, 2021  
2020-2021 Academic Catalog

SOC 277 - What Makes People Sick? Social Determinants of Health

The social determinants of health are the conditions in which people born, grow, live, work and age. These circumstances are shaped by the distribution of money, power and resources at global, national and local levels.  The importance of social factors as underlying causes of health has been well documented.  The public policy focus on individual lifestyle factors has made it difficult to develop interventions and policies that can effectively address upstream social determinants with the goal of improving health of vulnerable populations. In this class, we focus on the social determinants of health and health inequalities in order to understand the links between social inequality and its impact on health of the US population.  We will review empirical evidence available on race, ethnicity, social class and gender inequalities. We will discuss the theoretical frameworks proposed to explain how social conditions impact health. 


Prerequisites: SOC 010  or SOC 012  

SOC 201 SOC 202  and SOC 241  or SOC 250  



Anticipated Terms Offered: Periodically