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340.666.01 FOUNDATIONS OF SOCIAL EPIDEMIOLOGY

Cancelled

Department:
Epidemiology
Term:
2nd term
Credits:
3 credits
Academic Year:
2012 - 2013
Location:
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Tu Th,  10:30 - 11:50am

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Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
Prerequisite:

340.751 or 340.601 or equivalent.

Description:

Reviews the conceptual and theoretical underpinnings of social epidemiology from an historical perspective and then focuses on the scientific findings in the field from the 1970s until today. Since the influence of social context on behavior is well known, and forms the backbone for most health promotion interventions, students initially examine how the social environment influences behavior by shaping norms, reinforcing social control, providing environmental opportunity, and coping strategies. Students use a contextual multi-level approach to explore how social processes influence the etiology and course of common diseases, including socioeconomic position; discrimination; income inequality; control and demands (focusing on the workplace); and social integration/social support/social capital.

Methods of Assessment:

class participation, individual presentation and facilitation of group discussion, and final paper

Instructor Consent:

No consent required