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Health Inequalities

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About this Course

About the Course

In this course, Professor Clare Bambra (Newcastle University) explores health inequalities in the United Kingdom. In the first lecture, we think about how to define and measure social class, regional and ethnic inequalities. In the second lecture, we examine the evidence for health inequalities along these lines. Next, we look at three sets of explanations for health inequality – the material and social determinants approach, health behaviours theory, and psychosocial theory. In the fourth and final lecture, we conclude by considering the role of healthcare policy in shaping inequalities in the UK, notably through Julian Tudor Hart’s notion of the “inverse care law”.

About the Lecturer

Professor Clare Bambra is Professor of Public Health at Newcastle University. She is a renowned expert in the field of health inequalities, and she has recently undertaken extensive research into the unequal impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, including leading SAGE’s independent report into this. Her recent publications include The Unequal Pandemic: COVID-19 and Health Inequalities (2021, co-author), Health in Hard Times: Austerity and Health Inequalities (2019, editor), and Health Divides: Where You Live Can Kill You (2016).