Tag: Commercial Determinants of Health

Commercial Determinants of Health

Course Objective

  • Define commercial determinants of health (CDOH) and discuss their relationship to other determinants of health frameworks such as the social determinants of health (SDOH)
  • Apply CDOH frameworks to the analysis of public health problems that public health professionals encounter in order to develop programs, policies, and services that contribute to minimizing the harms and maximizing the benefits of commercial influences on health
  • Assess marketing practices and corporate political activity of at least two major health-harming industries (e.g., tobacco, alcohol, food and beverage, pharmaceuticals, social media, fossil fuels, or others) and describe their impact on population health and health inequities
  • Identify key sources of evidence and data on the distribution, impact, and pathways by which commercial factors influence health that can inform creation of effective interventions
  • Assess the strengths and weaknesses of major strategies that advocacy groups and coalitions have used to reduce the harms of CDOH
  • Make the case for public health practices that address CDOH as fundamental determinants of health and health equity

Date: June 30, 2023


This course is designed to introduce public health practitioners and academics to the concept of commercial determinants of health (CDOH). It provides definitions and a framework for the study of CDOH. It also presents: 

  • How public health campaigns have modified CDOH to improve health and equity.    
  • Sources of data and evidence on CDOH  
  • Obstacles to taking on CDOH  
  • Role of public-private partnerships in tackling CDOH
Teaching the Commercial Determinants of Health: A Workshop Webinar

Course Objective

  • Explain how commercial determinants of health (CDoH) differ from social determinants and how do these two ideas fit together or conflict.
  • Describe how public health faculty are already teaching about CDoH and assess how their experiences can guide faculty and students who want to learn more
  • Identify ways in which public health programs can ensure that students and faculty have the needed competencies in this field

Date: May 31, 2023

Panelists:
Nicholas Freudenberg
Distinguished Professor of Public Health
City University of New York

Mark Petticrew
Professor
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Cecile Knai
Professor
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Vibhuti Arya
Professor
St John’s University
Clinical Advisor to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Eric Crosbie
Associate Professor
University of Nevada, Reno

Moderators:
Raquel Burgess
Yale PhD Student

Erinn Bacchus
City University of New York PhD Student


Defined by the WHO as “private sector activities that affect people’s health”, the Commercial Determinants of Health (CDoH) framework has the potential to inform powerful new approaches to reducing the world’s most serious public health problems.

Are you interested in the Commercial Determinants of Health (CDoH) and how schools and programs of public health can apply the CDoH framework? This webinar is designed to prepare faculty and students at schools and programs of public health to apply the CDoH perspective to their teaching, research and advocacy.

In this webinar, participants will learn from leading academic experts about the CDoH and how schools and programs of public health can apply the CDoH framework to their teaching, research, and advocacy. This discussion can be used as a starting point for sharing experiences and materials, identifying best practices, and setting competencies in CDoH for public health professionals. Participants will be invited to join small discussion groups and a learning community on teaching about CDoH in public health programs.

Commercial Determinants of Health : A New Framework for Improving Population Health and Reducing Health Inequities

Course Objective

  • Define commercial determinants  of health and explain the historical origins of this concept
  • Identify the  potential and limitations of the commercial determinants of health framework for development of more effective strategies to improve population health and reduce health inequities
  • Discuss key current needs for research, education  and practice on commercial determinants of health

Date: May 3rd, 2022

Presenter:
Nicholas Freudenberg, DrPH
Distinguished Professor of Public Health
CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy
Senior Faculty Fellow, CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute


In this month’s Log-in2Learn, Dr. Nicholas Freudenberg presents how the commercial determinants of health framework can help reduce health inequities, guided by the belief that another world is possible. He starts by defining commercial determinants of health and reviewing the cascade of public health crises that have happened in the 21st century. He goes over a framework that attributes this cascade and increases in stratification, inequality, and inequity to changes in 6 characteristics of capitalism. He then reviews the importance of changing corporate practices and political and economic structures that harm health, and lists key ideas and strategies that can help tackle that change. He finishes by providing specific examples of how public health professionals can build more alliances and move practice beyond business as usual, and answers questions from attendees.

Participants will be able t0:

  1. Define commercial determinants of health and explain the historical origins of this concept
  2. Identify the potential and limitations of the commercial determinants of health framework for development of more effective strategies to improve population health and reduce health inequities
  3. Discuss key current needs for research, education and practice on commercial determinants of health
Region 2 Public Health Training Center