Health Inequalities

Key information

Start date:
To be confirmed
Attendance dates:
To be confirmed
Kate Granger Building, 30 Priestley Road, Surrey Research Park, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7YH

Depending on the subject and content, modules will mainly be delivered via a combination of face-to-face and online.

Some modules may be taught at: Stag Hill campus, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH
Contact details:
  • Level
    7 (postgraduate)
  • Credits
  • Module code

Module overview

This module provides opportunities for leaders, managers, educators and clinicians working in healthcare to further develop their knowledge regarding the complexities of health and health inequalities. Participants are empowered to draw on their work in healthcare and engage in multiprofessional dialogue and analysis of evidence, policy, and practice to identify how and why equitable health services and outcomes are fundamental. Upon completion of the module students may wish to disseminate their assessment within their organisation, communities, and groups to raise awareness of the issues presented and promote dialogue and action towards equitable health.

Module aims

This module aims to:

  • Provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the social, economic, and historical determinants of health inequalities in healthcare, for a range of communities and groups. 
  • Embrace a multiprofessional approach to the review and development of healthcare experiences, services, and health outcomes. 
  • Empower students to develop effective evidence-based strategies that challenge and reduce health inequalities. 
  • Promote a focus on cultural competency, social justice principles and ethical considerations in healthcare.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

  • Critically evaluate the relationship of various determinants contributing to inequalities in health, including social, economic, and historical factors.
  • Critically assess the impact of healthcare disparities and their impact on accessibility, utilisation and health outcomes.
  • Cultivate knowledge and skills to formulate effective, evidence-based strategies underpinned by rigorous analysis to address health inequalities.
  • Critically analyse ethical implications and social justice aspects of healthcare interventions designed to mitigate health inequalities, taking into account principles of equity, human rights and fairness.

Course content

Indicative module content includes:

  • The impact of society, culture, values, and norms. 
  • Equality versus equity in health
  • The patterns of health and wellbeing outcomes for a range of communities, populations and conditions.
  • The influence of politics and economics on health inequalities
  • Organisational factors that influence health inequalities 
  • Equitable frameworks, theories and practice
  • Policy, ethics, social justice and lawPublic health, health promotion and communication strategies.

Learning and teaching methods

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

  • Provide students with the opportunity to critically analyse current health outcomes and practice to build a sound knowledge base.
  • Utilise interprofessional learning and dialogue, that draws on the experience and perspectives of students allowing further subject complexities to be addressed. 
  • Challenge values, beliefs and assumptions in relation to health inequalities. 
  • Provide further opportunities to identify effective strategies that can be implemented to remove health inequalities. 

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • Lectures.
  • Online – captured content addressing module content, and discussion boards as a further opportunity to share multiprofessional perspectives.
  • Guided learning – such as signposting to external materials and guidelines. 
  • Problem based learning - to consider some of the complexities of health inequalities and how they can be approached.
  • Discussion – drawing on participants’ experience and multi-profession perspectives.


Summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • Poster presentation, 70%: 1000 words analysing a health inequality of their choice and proposing effective strategies to overcome this inequality (addressing learning outcomes 1,2,3,4)
  • Video presentation, 30% (10 minutes) supplementary to the poster to add depth on how learning outcome 3 has been achieved (addressing learning outcome 3)

Entry requirements

  • Ability to study at level 7
  • Working in health and social care.

Fees and funding


How to apply

Please download and fill in an application form. 

Please note: 

  1. Applications typically close six weeks before the start of the module or earlier if we reach a maximum number of applications. If we still have spaces on the course, we may extend the application deadline date.
  2. It is important to ensure that you complete all sections and answer all questions, incomplete forms will cause a delay and may result in you missing out on an available place.
  3. If you are registered on a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) course then you will need to complete an application form for each CPD module you wish to apply for.

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Terms and conditions

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If your sponsoring healthcare provider is funding you for this module, by submitting an application you agree to allow all information regarding your module (for example your exam results) to be shared with the sponsoring provider.

Cancellation policy

If you withdraw less than seven days before the module commences or do not attend on the first day (without informing the module administrator) the full cost of the module will be charged. Withdrawals after the module commences will also be charged.

Module availability

Places are confirmed approximately one month before the module start date. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability, student demand and/or class size caps. 


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Course location and contact details

Campus location

Kate Granger Building

Our Medicine (Graduate Entry) BMBS degree, nursing and midwifery, and health science courses are taught at the Kate Granger Building (30 Priestley Road), on the Surrey Research Park.

Additional information

Depending on the subject and content, modules will mainly be delivered via a combination of face-to-face and online.

Some modules may be taught at: Stag Hill campus, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH.

Post-registration Administration team

University of Surrey
Surrey GU2 7XH