Social Determinants of Health Instructor Guide

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SDH Instructor Guide

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Welcome to Exploring Medicine and thank you for using our product. We are confident that your students will very much enjoy this experiential education of applying social science to clinical medicine. Our goal is also to minimize the burden on the professor to provide this experience to the students. You can either decide to present this information yourself, or this is a perfect opportunity to invite providers, or other experts, from your community to come into the classroom as guest speakers. In whatever manner you decide to deliver this material, we are here to help.

For students seeking a career in health care, it is important to understand the social determinants of health. The World Health Organization (WHO) defines the social determinants of health as the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age. These circumstances are shaped by the distribution of money, power, and resources at global, national, and local levels.  Clearly everyone wants to be healthy, but there are a variety of social factors to consider in the care of both individuals and particular populations of patients.

The Exploring Medicine Social Determinants of Health (SDH) Instructor Guide is intended as a companion to the online module of Social Determinants of Health in the Exploring Medicine series.  This Instructor’s Guide will assist you, the classroom instructor, to integrate the online modules into your overall curriculum. It is actually more of a menu than a guide. Please take some time to review the various SDH supplemental lessons and select those that you would like to incorporate into your class time. By completing the online portion of this module, students will be prepared to tackle all of these lessons. There are several opportunities provided through which you can weave clinical medicine, and other real life applications, into your current curriculum. If you have questions regarding this material, you are free to contact us at We would be happy to help you. We can even find additional supportive educational material if you have such suggestions.

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