Course aims are:
- Understanding of the important role of social factors in the health and wellbeing of individuals, social groups and populations;
- Knowledge of the major perspectives, theories and research regarding health outcomes and behaviours highlighting the interplay between individual, social and structural factors;
- Understanding of sources of inequality in health between and in contemporary societies and main explanations of these inequalities;
- Familiarity with social policy and other interventions to address social and structural influences on health;
- Ability to critically analyze and discuss theory and research regarding social and structural influences on health behaviours and outcomes;
- Ability to apply theory and research regarding social and structural influences on health to research and intervention regarding contemporary health issues.
Good health in many ways is a critical asset and enabler that allows people to live productive and satisfying lives. Life expectancy has increased dramatically in the past century, in particular in high-income countries in the 'global north', and behaviours and lifestyle now play a dominant role in (preventable) ill health. Health and wellbeing are however unequally distributed and inequities related to social and structural factors play out between and within countries. In addition to socio-economic differences, health inequities are increasingly noted in relation to various other social factors, such as gender, culture and sexual orientation. This course will provide students with an exciting opportunity to strengthen their understanding of the role of social and structural factors in health and how more distal drivers of inequity interact with more proximal individual determinants of health outcomes and behaviours. In addition to highlighting contemporary theories and research that take an ecological approach to public health, the course will showcase key examples of contemporary health issues affected by broader social and structural factors, such as social stigma of specific groups. The course will also encompass an overview of social and structural approaches to public health and health promotion, such as through social policy and environmental change, complementing well-known education and counselling approaches.|
Relation between aims and examination
The aims of the course numbered 1, 5 and 6 will be tested in exam 1, exam 2, project report, and presentations and assignments
The aims numbered 2, 3 and 4 will be tested in exam 1 and exam 2.
For exam 1 and 2:
Studying and analyzing information
For presentations and assignments:
To evaluate activities and presentations (of oneself and of others)
To present: prepare, perform and evaluate a plea
For the project report:
To synthesize and structure information
To write (in general): to plan, write, rewrite and complete distinct text types
To collaborate with others, to work in teams
To work along a plan
To prepare/design research
Entry requirementsPrerequisite knowledge
Prerequisite knowledge can be obtained through
|Basic knowledge of social and behavioural sciences, in particular in relation to behaviour, social processes and their relation with health.|
|Introductie ASW, |
Introductie maatschappijwetenschappen: de moderne samenleving,
Sociale stand van Nederland: sociale vraagstukken en beleid,
Culturele antropologie 1: Inleiding in de culturele antropologie,
Steden en moderniteit: Burgerschap, ongelijkheid en geweld,
Cultural anthropology 3: Globalization and sociocultural complexity,
Antropologie van gender, seksualiteit en het lichaam
Instructional formats (attendance required)
|BookBaum, Fran (2015). The New Public Health, 4th Ed. Oxford University Press|
Class session preparationStudying assigned literature
General remarksCongres met posterpresentatie door studenten aan het einde van het blok.
|Project group (Required)|
Class session preparationSearching and studying additional literature. Preparing project group meetings and consultations with tutor. Write texts for draft and final versions of the project report.
Class session preparationStudying assigned literature
|Presentation and assignments|
AssessmentIn the seminars students will complete individual and small group assignments, contribute to discussions and debates, and give brief individual and small group presentations. These activities will be self- and peer-assessed.
AssessmentThis exam will consist of open-ended questions that require brief narrative responses. Questions in this first exam will pertain the first part of the course, in particular lectures and assigned literature; details of specific content covered will be advised in due course. Exam questions may enquire into aspects of important theories, approaches and research, as well as require critical analysis and application of knowledge.
AssessmentThis exam will consist of open-ended questions that require brief narrative responses. Questions in this second exam will pertain the second part of the course, in particular lectures and assigned literature; details of specific content covered will be advised in due course. Exam questions may enquire into aspects of important theories, approaches and research, as well as require critical analyses and application of knowledge.
AssessmentGroups of 3-4 students will develop a proposal for research regarding a contemporary health issue. The study may focus on assessing the social and structural factors that influence health outcomes and behaviours, or testing an innovative intervention approach. Cross-sectional, longitudinal and experimental designs may be used as can qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods. The research proposal will be described in a joint report to which all participants contribute appropriately.