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Environmental Public Health / Health Inspector: SDOH & health equity

This page has resources for the COMM 3282 course. 

Social determinants of health (SDOH)

Source: Canada Beyond 150. (n.d.) The future of wellbeing. Retrieved                       from

Social determinants of health: geographic location, socioeconomic status, education and literacy, mental health, language, and culture. These determinants can create barriers to compliance and lead to health inequities. "The social determinants of health describe the phenomenon of how social constructs can also impact health in ways that may be unfair or unjust for certain groups within a population (Solar & Irwin, 2010)."

What is Health Equity? "Health equity exists when all people can reach their full health potential and are not disadvantaged from attaining it because of their race, ethnicity, religion, gender, age, social class, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation or other socially determined circumstance." [What is Health Equity?, BC Centre for Disesase Control]

Image source: Dahlgren & Whitehead, 1991. Policies and Strategies to Promote Social Equity in Health. Stockholm, Sweden: Institute for Futures Studies.


Look: Looking out/looking in

Call Number: BF 637 C45 A335 2018 (Canadian ed.)

The Library also has BF 637 C45 A34 2017


 Spirituality, Health, and Healing: an integrative approach

 Call Number: BL 65 M4Y68 2011


Cover ArtAsian Religions in British Columbia

Call Number: BL 2530 C3 A85 2010



Culture, Health and Illness

Call Number: GN 296 H45 2007



Cover ArtCommunicating Across Cultures

Call Number: GN 345.6 T56 2019



Cover ArtUnderstanding Global Cultures: metaphorical journeys through 34 nations, clusters of nations, continents, & diversity

Call Number: GN 345.7 G36 2016


Cover ArtUnderstanding Cultural Differences

Call Number: HD 31 H229 1990




Cover ArtKiss, Bow, or Shake Hands: the essential cultural guide

Call Number: HF 5389 M674 2012



Cover ArtPathologies of Power: health, human rights, and the new war on the poor by Paul Farmer

Call Number: HM 821 F37 2005



Ethnic Variations in Dying, Death and Grief: diversity in universality

Call Number: R 726.8 I75 2015



Cover ArtThe Social Causes of Health and Disease

Call Number: RA 418 C658 2021




Cover ArtSocial determinants of health: Canadian perspectives

Call Number: RA 418.3 C3 S63 2016



Cover ArtUnder-served: health determinants of Indigenous, inner-city, and migrant populations in Canada.

Call Number: RA 418.3 C3 U55 2018



The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: a Hmong child, her American doctors, and the collison of two cultures

Call Number: RA 418.5 T73F33 2012



Cultural Diversity in Health and Illness

Call Number: RA 418.5 T73S64 2017

The Library also has the 2013 edition


Asian voices : Asian and Asian American health educators speak out

Call Number: RA 448.5 A83A86 1998



Cover ArtDeterminants of indigenous peoples' health : beyond the social

Call Number: RA 450.4 I53 D48 2018



Cover ArtAn Introduction to Indigenous Health and Healthcare in Canada by Vasiliki Douglas

Call Number: RA 563 M56 D68 2022



Cover ArtHomelessness and Health in Canada

Call Number: RA 564.9 H63 H64 2014

Cover ArtAnimals Health and Society: health promotion, harm reduction and health equity in a one health world

Publication Date: 2021



Transcultural Health Care

Purnell, 2012
The Library also has this book in print: RA 418.5 T73 P87 2014


Pocket Guide to Culturally Sensitive Health Care

Publication Date: 2011



Social Aspects of Health, Illness and Healthcare

Publication Date: 2011



Culture and health: a critical perspective towards global health

Publication Date: 2007



Cover ArtA guide to cultural and spiritual awareness by Jean Serge Mootoo

Publication Date: 2005

This booklet provides information on many cultures and spiritual believes, and details some of their customs.

Cover Art


Exploring Culture: exercises, stories, and synthetic cultures

Publication Date: 2002


Cover ArtIntroduction to Determinants of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples’ Health in Canada.

Publication Date: 2022

Achieving Environmental Health Equity: The Need and Opportunities for Public Health Action


Social determinants of health

Culture Clues™ are tip sheets on a few cultures

BMJ Global Health is an Open Access journal dedicated to publishing high-quality peer-reviewed content relevant to those involved in global health with access to information about health, health care and social determinants of health

Building Understanding of Environmental Health Toolkit Statistics, framing recommendations, graphics, and videos

GreenFacts Scientific reports on health, the environment and sustainable development

Addressing Health Inequities in Environmental Public Health in Alberta, 2019.

National Collaborating Centre for Indigenous Health. (2019). Access to health services as a social determinant of First Nations, Inuit and Métis health. Prince George, BC

Rideout, K. (2016). Areas of EPH practice impacted by the social determinants of health. Vancouver, BC: BC Centre for Disease Control.

Rideout, K., ed. (2017). Handbook of equity in environmental public health practice, version 1.0. Vancouver, BC: BC Centre for Disease Control.

Rideout K. and Oickle D. (2016). Integrating equity into environmental health practice: Findings of a pilot study.

Rideout, K., & Oickle, D. (2019). Glossary of health equity in the context of environmental public health practiceJournal of Epidemiology and Community Health73(9), 806-809.

Social Determinants of Inuit Health in Canada (2016)

Social determinants of health and health inequalities in Canada (2020)

Social Determinants of Health Healthy People 2030 -- USA

What is Health Equity? University of Toronto Libraries (updated 2020)

Breault, P., Nault, J., Audette, M., Échaquan, S., & Ottawa, J. (2021). Reflections on Indigenous health care: Building trustCanadian Family Physician Medecin de Famille Canadien67(8), 567–568.

Geographical concentration of COVID-19 cases by social determinants of health in 16 large metropolitan areas in Canada – a cross-sectional studymedRxiv 2021.07.23.21261039;               doi:

  • inequity/equity
  • discrimination
  • disparity
  • inequality
  • prejudice
  • injustice
  • racism
  • minority rights
  • justice
  • income gap
  • fairness

Ethics/Health Equity

Government publications

Global Health