Social Determinants of Health: Theory and Intervention in Urban Settings

This course expands categories of disease risk beyond disease pathology and individual factors to psychological and sociological phenomena within an urban context. Moreover, this course seeks to describe the relationship between these conditions and health or health outcomes focused on factors such as water and air quality and food safety. More recent public health efforts have identified a broader array of conditions affecting health, including community design, housing, employment, access to health care, access to healthy foods, environmental pollutants, and occupational safety. The link between social determinants of health, including social, economic, and environmental conditions, and health outcomes is widely recognized in the public health literature to address persistent and pervasive health disparities.