CMH282 - Employment, Income Security and Healthy Populations

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Subject Title
Employment, Income Security and Healthy Populations

Subject Description
Focusing on the theoretical perspective of the social determinants of health, students will learn about the impact on health and wellness of income security/insecurity and precarious employment on individual and community health as well as the health implications of income and employment security across the lifespan. Students will explore and research the relationship between income, income distribution and health in Canada. In addition, students will study and learn to improve the health of work and working conditions. Students will learn about current policy and legislative responses and programs available to support communities.

Credit Status
One credit

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Explore the relationship between income, employment and working conditions as part of a comprehensive health practice.
  2. Analyze institutional arrangements to work for social change and improve health outcomes.
  3. Critique current and historical approaches to income security in Canada.
  4. Develop and reflect on the experience of living on a personal budget.
  5. Connect social identity, power and oppression to socioeconomic status and the consequences for health of individuals and communities.
  6. Analyze policy and program approaches to improve socioeconomic determinants of health on an individual and community level.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Academic Integrity
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Please visit the Academic Integrity website to understand and learn more about how to prepare and submit work so that it supports academic integrity, and to avoid academic misconduct.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Accessibility Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.