Think about stigma, its effect on mental health

Learning Outcomes for the module

At the end of this Module, students will be able to :


1 Identify different perspectives which seek to explain health inequalities.
2 Identify a range of factors which influence the health status of individuals and groups .

Thinking skills

3. Demonstrate a critical understanding of relevant concepts and theories.
4. Analyse the relationship between structural position and health status.
5. Critically evaluate the impact of relevant health policy.

Subject-based practical skills

6. Interpret morbidity and morbidity statistics
7. Access appropriate government and other policy documents

Skills for life and work (general skills)

8. Work effectively in a small group

9. Deliver a presentation to a medium size group

Main aim(s) of the module:

This module aims to explore important areas of analysis in relation to health inequalities. It will highlight and seek to explain the differences in health status between and within social groups. It can be argued that differences arise as a result of the interplay between structural inequalities, individual health choices and biological pre-disposition.

This module will examine the evidence which suggests that morbidity and mortality are linked to particular factors in society. Current trends in health care provision directed at addressing the barriers to achieving a healthy lifestyle will be analysed.
Main topics of study:

Theoretical explanations of health inequalities.
Measurement of health and health inequalities.
Factors influencing health:
– biological
– socio-economic
– cultural
– environmental
– living and working conditions
– social and community influences
– individual lifestyle
Health and disadvantage in relation to social groups or groupings of individuals with common features, identity or experience, for example:
– social class, gender, ethnicity, age, disability