Social Determinants of Health: the view of Junior Doctors

Social Determinants of Health (SDH) are defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) as “the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age”, as influenced by the distribution of money, power and resources at global, national and local levels. Social determinants may include local factors such as housing conditions and access to education, through to broader factors such as trade agreements and migration.


Recently, many medical schools have taken steps to acknowledge the pivotal role that an appreciation of SDH plays in the training of physicians by including SDH education in their curricula. This often includes the teaching of topics such as health inequities, health systems and governance, health promotion, medical sociology and anthropology, and global health. However this is far from universal, and there is still much work to be done to ensure that all medical students receive a thorough and high quality education in SDH.


The aim of this survey is to create a snapshot of the current provision of SDH teaching and its use in practice around the world, from the perspectives of junior doctors, in order to better understand the current state of SDH education and assist the WHO to make robust recommendations for how SDH can be incorporated into the training of physicians everywhere.


This survey should take up to 10 minutes to complete.