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Topics in Social Epidemiology

June 27 - July 1, 2022
8:30 a.m. - Noon
2 credits

This course will be taught online via Zoom, on the dates and times listed above. Registered students will attend their classes virtually via Zoom, in real time with faculty and other students.

Course Instructor:

Provides a systematic and selective overview of conceptual approaches and research findings related to the impact of social context and social phenomena on health. Sessions highlight a different area of frontier social epidemiology research. Social processes examined include 1) social inequalities (including social class differences as well as the effects of income inequality), 2) social networks, 3) neighborhood and urban characteristics, 4) gender inequalities and 5) macro-social changes. Discusses global health approaches to social determinants of health including research experiences from different parts of the world. Includes discussion of methods related to the study of social epidemiology; however, this is not intended to be a methods course. Includes limited lecture matter and thorough group discussions on selected classic papers and latest readings.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Define and describe the field of social epidemiology in terms of its current status, and future directions.
  2. Identify and describe at least five different distinct core areas of research within the field.
  3. Distinguish between leading theories, schools and international researchers whohave guided the field.
  4. Apply concepts, theories and methods from the field of social epidemiology to a research problem of interest.
  5. Discuss classic and current advanced social epidemiology readings operating within a seminar course format.

Methods of Assessment:  

  • 50% Participation
  • 50% Paper(s)