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About Study Course

Department: Department of Public Health and Epidemiology
Credit points / ECTS:2 / 3
Course supervisor:Inese Stars
Study type:Full time
Course level:Master's
Target audience:Information and Communication Science
Branch of science:Medicine


Provide students with the opportunity to acquire knowledge of the social context of health; of the relation of social factors and health outcomes and health behaviour; acquire the skills to identify the involvement of social factors (determinants) in the formation of various health outcomes.


Sociology, public health, epidemiology, research methodology.

Learning outcomes


On completion of the course students will enumerate various social determinants of health; describe each of them in detail; describe the potential mechanisms of the impact of social factors on health; speak about the topicality of social determinants of health nowadays, characterise their ideological position.


On completion of the course students will explain the role of social determinants of health within the context of topical public health issues; identify the presence of social factors in the origin and prevalence of various health conditions; identify factors affecting various diseases and their spread; use appropriate terminology; critically analyse literature on the effects of social structure on health and health-related disparities.


On completion of the course students will assess social determinants of health in cases of various public health issues and offer possible solutions for the problem in accordance with the theoretical and methodological guidelines of social determinants of health; develop possible operational algorithms for reducing the negative effects of different social determinants of health on public health.

Study course planning

Planning period:Year 2021, Autumn semester
Study programmeStudy semesterProgram levelStudy course categoryLecturersSchedule
Health Communication, VKM1Master’sLimited choice