Social Determinant of Health

in Asia

Course Syllabus

Day : Fortnightly, Friday
Time : Western Indonesia Time 04.00 pm, an hour
Classification: Non Grade
Course Director: Dr. Mubasysyir Hasanbasri, MA
Class Format: web based, self directed learning and workshop
Email: yulimawarti[at], yuli_mawarti[at]

Course Description

This course is a web and workshop based independent learning in the area of social determinant of health. The principle concept of this course is to use Social Sciences approach to Health. In extend, the course comprises the concepts of individual determinant of health, medical determinant of health, social determinant of health, fundamental causes of disease, social epidemiology of health, social epidemilogy of disease, social product of disease, social construction in disease, social movement in health, health in equity and the political economy of health. It will expose to the three renowned mainstreams of social determinant of health which include of quantitative analysis by Michael Marmot, qualitative study by Fran Baum and the case study by Phil Brown. Course participants-given their background and specialties-are motivated to use the most suitable mainstream, to improve their analysis and produce paper of health issues using social sciences approach. The course aim to elevate the skills and knowledge of participants in making policy advocacy to promote and repair health policy.

Course Objectives and Competencies

Learning Objectives


1.   Muster the concepts constructed social determinants of health.

1.1.  Describe the basic concept of social determinant of health.

1.2.  Describe the upstream and downstream in public health.

1.3.  Explain why social determinant of health affecting the heallth system and outcome.

1.4.  Critically discuss and distinguish the three mainstreams of social determinant of health; the approaches of quantitative ananlysis, qualitative study and case study.

1.5.  Identify the (potential) social determinant of health occured in the communities.

2.   Gain the empathy to sense social determinant of health.

2.1.  Identify and describe the factors associated with social determinant of health.

2.2.  Describe the formation of social determinant of health in specific communities.

2.3.  Define the linkage of social determinant of health with health outcome. 2.4.  Explore the perspective and mindset of individual or specific community of study.

2.5.  Explain how the social determinant of health driving the individual mindset and how it influences the behaviour and choices.

2.6.  Explain how the social determinant of health influence the specific community or entities

2.7.  Critically discuss how and why the social determinant of health overrule the health system in specified community.

2.8.  Discuss why public health intervention alone cannot address health problem thoroughly.

3.   Critically individualizing concept.

3.1.  Assess individual, organizational and community concerns, assets, resources and deficits in the specified entities or community.

3.2.  Identify the specific social determinant of health in each participants area or research.

3.3.  Asses the possibilities of rationale using each approach to solve health problem.

3.4.  Distinguish and choose the appropiate approach and methods match with specified subject or entities

3.5.  Learn and share about the approaches of social determinant of health used in different specified entities or communities

4.   Become familiar with interventions of social determinant of health in the specific area.

4.1.  Specify the targets and level of interevention aimed to be achieved.

4.2.  Identify the (potential) solution of social determinant of health in specific entities.

4.3.  Design public health program with embeded values and approach of social of determinant of health.

4.4.  Apply social determinant of health approaches, evidence-based principles and scientific knowledge base to raise critical evaluation and decision making in public health.

5.   Implementing social sciences approach for making health policy Advocacy

5.1.  Describe the merits of advocacy in social determinant of health to improve public health interventions.

5.2.  Communicate the findings, approaches and interventions of social determinant of health.

5.3.  Critically discuss the policy process for improve or repair public health interventions.

5.4.  Demonstrate effective written and oral skills for communicating and advocate social determinant of health with diferrent audiences in the context of professional public health activities.

Structure of the course

It will be an independent learning, students should accomplish individual assignments and produce paper related to their prior field of studyor research.
The course designed to be interactive, tutors and lectures provided to give highest benefit for students to meet the goal expected from this course.
Learning delivered as video based lectures, fortnightly and the one week workshop will be held in Yogyakarta at the end of the course to sharpen the interest point in describing individual theme of social determinant of health. Instructors and assistants are provided to be academic peers to discuss the theme and share experiencies.


Short assignments at the end of every session measured the understanding and acceptance of every material discussed.
Assignments based on the appraisal of social determinant of health case studies in Asia. Participants are expected to present the poster of policy advocacy related to social determinant of health theme in the Postgraduate Forum at 3 - 4 March 2016 in Yogyakarta.



Books: New Public health


Critical public health, Social science and medicine, American journal of public health, Health policy

Case study

Case study 1, 2, 3, 4

Recommended readings


Using SDH perspective to explain non-medical determinants of health

- Lurie, N. (2002). What the federal government can do about the nonmedical determinants of health. Health Affairs, 21(2), 94-106.

- Lavis, J. N. (2002). Ideas at the margin or marginalized ideas? Nonmedical determinants of health in Canada. Health Affairs, 21(2), 107-112.


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