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Social determinants of health – online course

This free, one-hour, interactive eLearning module communicates how social and economic conditions influence the health of individuals, communities and nations. It is one of 15 multimedia modules created by Toronto’s SickKids hospital to build cultural competence (the ability to interact effectively with people of different cultures and socio-economic backgrounds) among health care providers. The modules are supported by a film (Journey to cultural competence) and a community-of-practice (a web-based forum) designed to build knowledge and improve practice.

In this module, participants learn:

  • the meaning of terms such as health equity and the social determinants of health,
  • how cultural competence can address some of the health inequities experienced by immigrant populations; and
  • apply the ABCDE cultural competence framework and SickKids’ DARE (discover, acknowledge and recognize, and enable) approach to this work.

You can access this module here.

This course was recommended as a professional development resource by an NCCDH project team reviewing online courses related to health equity and the social determinants of health for a public health audience.

SickKids Hospital (2012). Cultural competence e-learning modules series: Social determinants of health [Online course]. Retrieved from:

Tags: Key concepts, Racism/racialization, Community Organization, Link

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