Posted: March 10, 2014

APTR Public Health Learning Modules, Module 3-Social Determinants of Health: A Lens for Public Health


This module presents an introduction to the social determinants of health, using compelling examples and photographs from the Philadelphia area. It is divided into five parts (What are the Social Determinants of Health?; Employment, Material Resources and Health; From Wealth to Poverty in Philadelphia; How Might We Intervene to Improve Neighborhood Conditions and Better Support Health?; Community Based Participatory Research) and includes videos, slides, discussion and quiz questions and a resource list. This is one of a series of APTR Public Health Learning Modules that can be used individually to supplement an existing course or combined to create a stand?alone course for the education of undergraduate, graduate and/or professional learners. The overarching goal of the learning modules is to become familiar with Healthy People 2020 and the ways in which to use policy and program interventions to advance its goals and objectives.

The modules can be tailored to audiences by selecting exercises and learner assessments that are appropriate for the learners. The modules have been prepared and recorded by faculty and public health practitioners from various disciplines and backgrounds, including public health, medicine, law, sociology, and nursing. By approaching health topics from different perspectives, learners are provided a well-rounded view of practice in public health and possible career trajectories. The modules are not intended to be an exhaustive review of topics, but rather a first look at selected approaches used by researchers and practitioners to improve population health. The Public Health Learning Modules are a project of Temple University Department of Public Health and the APTR, made possible with support from the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


Public Health, Population Health, Health Equity Research, Community Health, Health Professions Education, Determinants of health


Association for Prevention Teaching and Research

Carolyn Cannuscio, ScD, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Robert Grossman, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society

Dalton Paxman, U.S. Department of Health

Jennifer Ibrahim, PhD, MPH, Temple University College of Health Professions and Social Work

Jessica Boyer, MSW, MPH, Temple University College of Health Professions and Social Work

Charles Branas, PhD, University of Pennsylvania