Social Pathways to Health Vulnerability

Implications for Health Professionals

  • Dula F. Pacquiao
  • Marilyn "Marty" Douglas

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Social, Economic and Political Determinants of Health

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Dula F. Pacquiao
      Pages 3-22
    3. Sharese N. Porter
      Pages 23-53
    4. Dula F. Pacquiao
      Pages 55-71
    5. Rubab I. Qureshi
      Pages 73-104
  3. Natural and Built Environmental Determinants of Health

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 105-105
    2. Phoebe Del Boccio
      Pages 107-142
  4. Methodological Considerations in the Examination of Health Determinants

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 157-157
    2. Peijia Zha
      Pages 159-180
    3. Peijia Zha
      Pages 181-203
  5. Approaches to Address Social and Environmental Determinants of Health

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 205-205
    2. Ellen S. Lieberman
      Pages 207-235
    3. Dula F. Pacquiao, Marilyn “Marty” Douglas
      Pages 237-246
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 247-253

About this book


Primarily intended for DNP and PhD students in nursing and health care who are expected to design research to identify health-related problems and solutions, this book focuses on the concepts, theories and processes of how social determinants affect the health of populations. Using specific social determinants as an organizing framework, it presents ample scientific evidence from health and social disciplines of the universal processes that produce the social patterning of health inequities.

This book is organized into three major parts, beginning with the social pathways to health vulnerability, followed by research methods and subsequently frameworks for action. The methods section provides selected research approaches suitable for studying the impact of social variables on population health, as well as the outcomes of multilevel interventions. Each chapter provides an in-depth presentation of relevant theoretical knowledge and research-based examples of work conducted in the area. The book addresses the specific implications for health professional leaders such as nurses or health policy makers, highlighting their role in achieving macrosocial changes to promote health among specific vulnerable populations.

Both of the book’s editors are prominent and highly respected scholars in their field. The team of authors is highly multidisciplinary, including experts from the fields of medicine, public health, education and epidemiology who have conducted research on the social determinants of population health. Combining their varied perspectives, this book offers a valuable resource for graduate students (PhD, MD, DNP, MSN, etc.), faculty, researchers and clinicians in health professions. 


Community Health Nursing Social Determinants of Health Vulnerable Populations Population Health Cultural Competence Social Justice Human Rights

Editors and affiliations

  • Dula F. Pacquiao
    • 1
  • Marilyn "Marty" Douglas
    • 2
  1. 1.Schools of NursingUniversity of Hawaii, Hilo, HI, Rutgers UniversityNewarkUSA
  2. 2.School of NursingUniversity of California San FranciscoSan FranciscoUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-93325-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-93326-9
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