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3rd term
3 credits
Academic Year:
2013 - 2014
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Tu Th,  1:30 - 3:20pm

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Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Tom Glass
Course Instructor:
Frequency Schedule:
Every Other Year
Next Offered:
2017 - 2018

2 graduate level courses in Epidemiology and in Biostatistics (prefer 140.622 and 340.752) and one graduate level course in social or behavioral sciences


Offers doctoral students an opportunity to synthesize theories and methodologies from the social and behavioral sciences and epidemiology. Highlights current controversies and practices in the evolving field of social epidemiology. Topics include: (a) the role of theory in epidemiology, (b) fundamental causes and the problem of “distality”, (c) how social factors affect the body, (d) modeling of social factors and health, and (e) area-based influences on health. Course is oriented toward research rather than practice.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Define and describe the origins, history, and major approaches to the study of social conditions as determinants of health at the population level
  2. Identify and describe 7 distinct core areas of research within the field
  3. Distinguish between and apply leading theories that have guided the field of social epidemiology
  4. Apply concepts, theories and methods from the field of social epidemiology to a research problem of interest to the student
  5. Construct theoretical arguments and select appropriate methods for analyzing the influence of upstream social processes on population health
  6. Operate within a seminar course format
Methods of Assessment:

Writing assignments, paper, lab reports, class participation.

Enrollment Restriction:

per instructor

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for some students

Consent Note:

Consent of instructor is required for special students only.

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Special Comments:

140.658 Statistics for psychosocial research strongly recommended.