This course introduces the core concepts of social determinants of health and how they influence the health of individuals, communities, and populations. Environmental conditions in which people are born, live, learn, work, play, and age significantly impact their health and wellbeing, particularly among the most vulnerable in our society. This course will provide an overview of the dynamic relationships between social, economic, and structural conditions under which people live that determine their health. We will explore how social influences such as living conditions, education, income, infrastructure, healthcare, social capital, stress, gender, and race affect health and longevity and perpetuate health inequities. Multiple levels of influence will be discussed, including examining the role of public policy in shaping community health outcomes.