Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Social Determinants of Health - Oxford Scholarship Online
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Social Determinants of Health

Michael Marmot and Richard Wilkinson


The health of populations is related to features of society and its social and economic organization. This crucial fact provides the basis for effective policy-making for improving population health. While there is, understandably, much concern regarding the appropriate provision and financing of health services as well as ensuring that the nature of the services provided is based on the best evidence of effectiveness, health is a matter that goes beyond the provision of health services. Policies pursued by many branches of government and by the private sector, both nationally and locally, exe ... More

Keywords: life course, social gradient, labour market disadvantage, unemployment, social cohesion, social exclusion, social vulnerability, government, policy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780198565895
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198565895.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Marmot, editor
Director, International Institute for Society and Health; Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College London, UK

Richard Wilkinson, editor
Social Epidemiology, University of Nottingham Medical School; visiting Professor Institute for Society and Health, University College London, UK

Show Summary Details

subscribe or login to access all content.



Chapter 1 Introduction

Michael Marmot

Chapter 2 Social organization, stress, and health

Eric Brunner and Michael Marmot

Chapter 3 Early life

Michael Wadsworth and Suzie Butterworth

Chapter 6 Health and the psychosocial environment at work

Michael Marmot, Johannes Siegrist, and Tores Theorell

Chapter 9 Food is a political issue

Aileen Robertson, Eric Brunner, and Aubrey Sheiham

Chapter 10 Poverty, social exclusion, and minorities

Mary Shaw, Danny Dorling, and George Davey Smith

Chapter 13 Social determinants of health in older age

Anne McMunn, Elizabeth Breeze, Alissa Goodman, James Nazroo, and Zoe Oldfield

Chapter 14 Neighbourhoods, housing, and health

Mai Stafford and Mark McCarthy

Chapter 15 Social determinants, sexual behaviour, and sexual health

Anne M. Johnson, Catherine H. Mercer, and Jackie A. Cassell

End Matter