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Sociocultural Perspectives on Health 161 – Essay Assignment

Length: 1,800 words
Value: 40%
Due: Thursday April 19, 2012 at 4:00p.m.

‘Social and economic policies have a determining impact on whether a child can grow and develop to its full potential and live a flourishing life, or whether its life will be blighted. Increasingly the nature of the health problems rich and poor countries have to solve are converging. The development of a society, rich or poor, can be judged by the quality of its population’s health, how fairly health is distributed across the social spectrum, and the degree of protection provided from disadvantages as a result of ill-health’. (Commission on Social Determinants of Health (Executive Summary), 2008)

Students are required to write an essay that:
1.Introduces the social determinants approach to health; (15%) 2.Discusses the impact of ethnicity OR rural location as social determinants of health outcomes with reference to a detailed case study. Your context may be a developed or developing country; (35%) 3.Provides examples of one or two programs that aim to reduce health inequities (in your chosen area); and (25%) 4.Critical analysis and Conclusion (25%)

Critical Analysis:
Responds to/analyses the implications of each of the main points raised in the essay; Conclusion:
summarises your main findings;
reflects upon the quotation above; and
provides your response to the quote, as a health care professional

You must consult the references below AND conduct research to find additional academic sources of information.
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