Population Health and Wellness

According to the World Health Organization, health is “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”  The teaching and research activities within this cluster are informed by the 12 social determinants of health, as defined by Health Canada: 1. Income and social status; 2. Social support networks; 3. Education; 4. Employment and working conditions; 5. Social environments; 6. Physical environments; 7. Biology and genetic endowment; 8. Personal health practices and coping skills; 9. Healthy child developments; 10. Health services; 11. Gender; and 12. Culture. The emphasis is on the social determinants of health, including both structural and behavioural factors.

Content/Sub-Areas

Health Care Systems

Social Determinants of Health

Health and Illness

Behaviour and Experience

Mental Health and Well-Being

Undergraduate Courses

SOC 2450 Sociology of the Body 


SOC 2490 Sociology of Health and Illness  


SOC 2620 Sociology of Aging  


SOC 3450 Sociological Perspectives on the Social Determinants of Health 


SOC 3540 Sociology of Health Care Systems  


SOC 3660 Sociology of Mental Disorder  

Graduate Courses

SOC 7370 Issues in Health Care

SOC 7380 Issues in Aging

Faculty with Special Expertise

Faculty Area
Christopher J. Fries Health, Medicine, and the Body
Laura Funk Aging, Social Support and Caregiving, Social Determinants of Health
Mary-Anne Kandrack Mental Health
Tracey Peter Mental Health, Suicide Prevention
Lance Roberts Mental Health
Lori Wilkinson Ethnicity, Immigration, and Health