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An Introduction to Global Health Delivery$
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Joia S. Mukherjee

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190662455

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190662455.001.0001

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Social Forces and Their Impact on Health

Social Forces and Their Impact on Health

(p.107) 5 Social Forces and Their Impact on Health
An Introduction to Global Health Delivery

Joia S. Mukherjee

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the social determinants of health. The phrase—the social determinants of health—is used to describe the factors and forces in society that cause ill health and premature death. To achieve health equity, it is important to understand the impact of social determinants and work to mitigate their adverse health effects. The practice of social medicine uses a biosocial approach that merges biomedical science with social analysis to design programs that strive for health equity. Because of the historical and geopolitical forces that have shaped global inequities, social medicine and a biosocial approach are important in global health and health equity and are addressed in this chapter.

Keywords:   social determinants of health, social medicine, structural violence, choice vs. agency, biosocial analysis

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