Presented by Dr Allyson Mutch and Dr Lisa Fitzgerald, School of Public Health

Engaging public health students to connect with health inequalities and the social determinants of health (SDH) can be challenging, but remains an essential part of the curriculum. In public health we continue to witness students’ highly individualized understandings of health and tensions embedded within their socio-cultural and professional contexts. Addressing these challenges, we have investigated the SDH as a threshold concept, that is, as a key disciplinary concept that provides a conceptual gateway for comprehension and understanding in public health (Meyer, 2016). The importance of threshold concepts, such as the SDH, to learning is clear, but student partners have been a notable omission from curricula design (Felton 2016). Through this presentation we discuss our journey with student partners and describe how we worked together to transform our curricula to facilitate greater understanding of the social determinants of health in public health.

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