Moving Upstream: Integrating Social Determinants of Health into Curricula

March 13, 2020
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. EST

Let's Improve Patient Care and Promote Health Equity

Hosted by the Social and Administrative Sciences Section

We all know the social determinants of health (SDOH) matter and are important to include as part of the Pharmacists’ Patient Care Process. However, it can be challenging to identify and integrate SDOH meaningfully in the classroom. The goal of this session is to share examples of innovative ways to incorporate SDOH into course work and discuss curricular assessment of these concepts.


  1. Describe the importance of including the social determinants of health (SDOH) in pharmacy curricula.
  2. Identify methods to improve the inclusion of SDOH concepts following the assessment of current practices.
  3. Relate innovative ways to incorporate SDOH into the classroom.


Leslie Ochs, PharmD, PhD, MSPH
Associate Professor and Chair
Department of Social and Administrative Pharmacy
University of New England


Carolyn Brown, Ph.D., FAPhA
Professor | Tanabe Research Endowed Fellow
The University of Texas at Austin

Sarah J. Ramsey, PhD
Coordinator of Assessment
Associate Professor
Southwestern Oklahoma State University

Adriane N Irwin, MS, PharmD, BCACP, CDE
Clinical Associate Professor – Ambulatory Care
OSU/OHSU College of Pharmacy