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Introduction to the Determinants of Health

Health Is Not Just The Absence of Disease
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Platform: Udemy
Video: 1h 20m
Language: English
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What causes disease? It’s not just viruses and bacteria. Sometimes it’s race, poverty, or geography. What causes something to be called a disease? Why do doctors think obesity is a disease? What’s the difference between illness, sickness, and disease —and why does it matter? This course is a taste of the grander topic of the socioeconomic determinants of health, which are an important foundation to understanding both clinical medicine and public health in the modern era.

Your instructor is a prominent Epidemiologist and tenured professor at a major Canadian university. He has won many teaching awards, and is a regular fixture in the media for his ability to explain complex ideas in a simple way.
This course is ideal for anyone considering a career in the health sciences or in the allied medical professions, or anyone seeking a better understanding of health care in the modern era. It is derived and distilled from a larger version taught to undergraduate university students, and is paired with a textbook that was written specifically for that larger course.

You will learn

✓ An introduction to the social determinants of health
✓ A complex way to think about health
✓ Understand the difference between sickness, illness, and disease
✓ Understand that being healthy is not just being free of disease


• A high school education in biology

This course is for

• University undergraduate students
• Anyone considering a career in medicine or medical-related sciences
• Anyone interested in a more complex understanding of health and wellness
Epidemiologist & Award Winning University Teacher
Raywat Deonandan, PhD, is a prominent Epidemiologist and tenured professor at a leading Canadian university. He appears regularly on national media explaining complex health sciences topics to a lay audience, and is multiple award-winning communicator and teacher. In 2016, he was identified by the association of professors’ unions as one of the very best teaching professors in the province of Ontario.
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Platform: Udemy
Video: 1h 20m
Language: English
Next start: On Demand

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