Health Inequalities

Subject POPH90205 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 27-Jul-2015 to 25-Oct-2015
Assessment Period End 20-Nov-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 07-Aug-2015
Census Date 31-Aug-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 25-Sep-2015

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 hrs: One two hour seminar per week
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours





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Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.
The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website.


Prof Anne Kavanagh



Academic Programs Office
Melbourne School of Population and Global Health
Tel: +61 3 8344 9339
Fax: +61 3 8344 0824

Subject Overview:

The conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age shape their health as does the distribution of money, power and resources at global, national and local levels.
This subject will provide an overview of the Australian and international evidence on the ways in which social, economic and cultural processes contribute to population health.
More specifically, the subject will examine relationships between health and a range of determinants of health (such as gender, poverty, socio-economic position, housing, employment and working conditions, race/ethnicity, discrimination and place), the ways in which health inequalities are generated and how health interventions might influence population health.

Learning Outcomes:

At the completion of this subject, students should be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  • Assess the key social and economic determinants of health
  • Analyse the ways in which the multiple social and economic determinants intersect to shape health
  • Describe models of the social determinants of health
  • Interpret the empirical evidence on the key social, economic and cultural processes that influence health
  • Critically analyse the relationship between health and gender, poverty, socio-economic position, employment and working conditions, race/ethnicity, discrimination and place
  • One 15-minute presentation per student during semester (10%)
  • One 1,500-word report based on the presentation and due after the presentation (30%)
  • One 2,500-word essay due at ten end of the University's examination period (60%)
Prescribed Texts:

Selected readings will be available.

Recommended Texts:


Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

Upon completion of this subject a student should be able to:

  • Critically analyse relevant empirical studies and conceptual literature.
  • Demonstrate advanced written and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrate advanced skills in critical reading.

Related Course(s): Master of Public Health
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Gender and Women's Health
Health Social Sciences
Public Health
Public Health
Tailored Specialisation
Tailored Specialisation

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