Social and Political Determinants of Health

ASSESSMENT BRIEF
Course Code and TitlePUBH 2001: Social and Political Determinants of Health
AssessmentShort Answer Questions: Understanding the Social Determinants of Health 
Individual/GroupIndividual
Learning OutcomesDemonstrate knowledge and understanding of key social and political determinants of health Analyse the relationship between the Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) and patterns of health inequities in Australia and globallyApply theories and knowledge of SDOH to real world Public Health contexts  
SubmissionOnline via Blackboard in week 4
Weighting20%
Total MarksAssignment is marked out of 100 and converted to score out of 20.

Introduction

In this assignment, you will consider the following real-world example of a social gradient in health in Metropolitan Adelaide.

Data from the Social Health Atlas of South Australia (Public Health Information and Development Unit, 2014) shows that for the measure: ‘Self-assessed health: Fair or poor health, 15+ years’ – where individuals rate their health as fair or poor (as opposed to good or above), there is a social gradient according to statistical local area. The lowest proportion of individuals who rate their health as poor or fair live in the relatively advantaged council area of the Adelaide Hills, whereas the highest proportion of people live in a relatively disadvantaged area, Playford.  All other statistical local areas fall in between, with areas in the relatively affluent Adelaide Hills and Mitcham council areas having the lowest rates and areas in the relatively disadvantaged Playford and Port Adelaide Enfield Council areas having the highest rates of fair or poor health ratings (Public Health Information and Development Unit (2015).

Using this example, answer the following question in 1000 words: How might this distribution of self-rated fair or poor health in Adelaide be socially determined?

In your answer, include at least 5 references, and make sure you refer to:

  • The social model of health and conceptual models of the determinants of health (see Dahlgren & Whitehead, 1991)
  • Key social determinants of health
  • Explanations for health inequities (500 words)

References

Public Health Information and Development Unit (PHIDU). (2018). Social Health Atlas of Australia: South Australia, Statistical Local Areas, (2016 ASGS). Retrieved June, 2018, from hHYPERLINK “http://www.phidu.torrens.edu.au/current/maps/sha-aust/lga-single-map/sa/atlas.html”ttp://www.phidu.torrens.edu.au/current/maps/sha-aust/lga-single-map/sa/atlas.html

PHIDU. (2018). Notes on the data: self-assessed health. Retrieved June, 2018, from http://www.phidu.torrens.edu.au/notes-on-the-data/health-status-disability-deaths/est-fair-poor-health

Assignment criteria:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of key social and political determinants of health
  • Analyse the relationship between the Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) and patterns of health inequities in Australia
  • Apply theories and knowledge of SDOH to real world Public Health contexts

General assessment criteria:

  • shows an understanding of the key issues 
  • shows the ability to interpret relevant information and literature in relation to your chosen topic
  • demonstrates a capacity to explain and apply relevant concepts
  • Demonstrates a capacity for critical reasoning and analysis
  • shows evidence of reading beyond the key reading 
  • justifies any conclusions reached with well-formed arguments not merely assertion
  • provides a conclusion or summary
  • use of academic writing and presentation and grammar:
  • complies with normal academic standards of legibility, referencing and bibliographical details (including reference list).
  • is written clearly with accurate spelling, grammar and sentence and paragraph construction
  • appropriate citation and referencing used (using APA style)
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