Course Description

The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to the social factors that impact individual and population health. The course presents students with theories and evidence supporting multiple underlying determinants of health in populations. We consider how health is affected by a variety of determinants, and we will explore how social influences affect population health. Social influences include socioeconomic status, environment, policy, gender, race, sexual orientation, and neighborhood quality. We examine structural factors that impact population health in the United States, and we explore the potential for structural interventions to address health inequities and improve population health outcomes.

Learner Outcomes

When you complete the course successfully, you will be able to:

  • Describe the types of social determinants of health and how each can impact health outcomes;
  • Explore the relationship between social determinants of health and health disparities;
  • Identify social determinants of health when working with people and communities; and
  • Describe how individuals, health systems, and communities can address social determinants of health to improve outcomes and health equity.


This course may apply toward the Biomedical Sciences Endeavor badge.

Textbook Information

A textbook is required or recommended for this course.

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There are no prerequisites for this course.

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