Social Management: Social Management & Social Determinants

  • Master's Program International Health & Social Management
Course unit code
Level of course unit
  • Master
Semester when the course unit is delivered
  • 2
Number of ECTS credits allocated
  • 5.0
Name of lecturer(s)
  • Mag. Müller Monika, MSc, PhD
  • Dr. Ziglio Erio
Learning outcomes of the course unit
  • 21st Century health/social managers and leaders need a deep understanding on how health and wellbeing are determined in our fast changing countries both nationally and locally. The course aims to give students: SD knowledge and related Management Issues, conceptual frameworks and analytical tools instrumental to develop skills and know-how that will help students in their future professional careers.
Mode of delivery
  • face-to-face
Prerequisites and co-requisites
  • none
Course contents
  • - Medical conditions and their social determinants
    - Medical and sociological perspectives on certain diseases, health and illness
    - Main concepts of economic, social, and cultural capital
    - Social production, interpretation, and social context of language and discourse
    - The interplay of waiting times with social and cultural contexts of patients

    Please be aware that this course requires high level of proficiency in English language. All local students have passed an English language test with at least 90 TOEFL points (internet based) or comparable tests.
Recommended or required reading
  • Most reading material will be provided by Dr Ziglio.
    Additional important recommended reading that can be download from the net include:
    -WHO (2003) The solid facts. Social Health Determinants. Retrievable from:
    - WHO (2008) Report on the Commission of Social Determinants of Health.
    -WHO (2013) Review of social determinants and the health divide in the WHO European Region
    - WHO (2014) Smart governance for health and well-being: the evidence. (Edited by I.Kickbusch and D. Gleicher)
Planned learning activities and teaching methods
  • The course comprises an interactive mix of lectures, discussions and individual and group work.
Assessment methods and criteria
  • To monitor the students’ learning this course will provide ongoing assignments as a basis for feedback and grading (formative assessment) and/or will evaluate the students learning at the end of the course or an instructional unit via exams, final project reports, essays or seminar papers (summative assessment).
Language of instruction
  • English