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Term: 1st term
Credits: 3 credits
Contact: Mary Sewell
Academic Year: 2013 - 2014
Course Instructor:

Provides students with the theoretical and practical background to understand the complex web of social, economic, and political, determinants of health. Introduces students to key theories from sociology, economics and political science; students learn to applied these theories as analytic tools enabling them to develop and evaluate policy solutions to public health problems. Students also learn various conceptual models that integrate social, economic and political factors as determents of health related outcomes and health policy formation.

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
Discuss and identify primary theories from sociology, economics and political science as they apply to population health and health policy formation
Identify conceptual models linking social, economic and political context to population health and health policy formation
Evaluate research linking determinants of health with population health and health policy
Analyze and interpret how social, economic and political forces have affected health inequalities in the US and internationally

Methods of Assessment: Students will be evaluated based on a mid-term and final.
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Tuesday 9:00 - 10:20
  • Thursday 9:00 - 10:20
Enrollment Minimum: 10
Enrollment Restriction: no undergraduates permitted in this course
Instructor Consent: No consent required
Auditors Allowed: No
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail