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Social Determinants of Health – SPHA 556

Sep 04, 2015 |

Health, both individually and collectively, is socially produced. Social determinants of health considers why health differences matter on ethical and practical grounds, and how can we act to effectively intervene on these differences.

A variety of personal, social and economic factors influence health status. SPHA 556 Social Determinants of Health (MHA Year Two) provides an introduction to some of the foundational thinking that has given rise to the concept of population health. Students will be able to identify the key social determinants of health and a selection of frameworks that link these to the population’s health and to articulate case examples of policy initiatives and programs either proposed or currently in place to address issues in population health.

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Instructor Profile

Dr. Chris McLeod

Dr. Chris McLeod

Assistant Professor
CIHR New Investigator

Dr. Chris McLeod is the co-research lead of the Partnership for Work, Health and Safety at SPPH. His research focuses on the program and policy evaluation of occupational health policies and practices and on the causes and consequences of work-related injury and disease. Dr. McLeod is also a content data expert for Population Data BC and is actively working on developing and extending the occupational health data available to researchers through Population Data BC. Current areas of research include an assessment of the effectiveness of occupational health and safety management systems on work injury; an examination of the etiology and outcomes of serious work-related injury; and national and international comparative work with jurisdictions in Ontario, Manitoba, Australia, and New Zealand.

More broadly, Chris’s research explores how institutional and economic structures across countries affect health and health inequalities over the working life course. This research uses high quality comparable longitudinal data from representative economies to examine the relationship between employment and working conditions and worker health within and across countries. His work examining the relationship between unemployment and health, supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, has been recently published in the Annual Review of Public Health and the American Journal of Public Health. In 2013 Chris received a CIHR New Investigator Award to expand this program of research. He is also an Early Career Scholar at the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies.


Dr. Kathleen Deering

Dr. Kathleen Deering

Assistant Professor
CGSHE Faculty Member 

Dr. Kathleen Deering is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine. Her research interests include: social, structural, and policy factors shaping HIV prevention, treatment, and care for women living with and affected by HIV/AIDS; social and structural gender-based violence; stigma and discrimination; evaluation of community-led and structural HIV prevention and treatment programs; and methodological issues in health equity research.

Dr. Deering has led and collaborated on many projects focused on addressing gender and sexual health disparities with cis and trans women in Canada and India. She is also co-Principal Investigator on SHAWNA and has has authored more than 50 peer-reviewed manuscripts on HIV prevention, gender-based violence, and evaluation of HIV prevention and treatment interventions in Canada and India.