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Department: Epidemiology
Term: 3rd term
Credits: 3 credits
Contact: Tom Glass
Academic Year: 2013 - 2014
Course Instructor:

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 Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
Define and describe the origins, history, and major approaches to the study of social conditions as determinants of health at the population level
Identify and describe 7 distinct core areas of research within the field
Distinguish between and apply leading theories that have guided the field of social epidemiology
Apply concepts, theories and methods from the field of social epidemiology to a research problem of interest to the student
Construct theoretical arguments and select appropriate methods for analyzing the influence of upstream social processes on population health
Operate within a seminar course format

Methods of Assessment: Writing assignments, paper, lab reports, class participation.
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Tuesday 1:30 - 3:20
  • Thursday 1:30 - 3:20
Enrollment Minimum: 5
Enrollment Maximum: 25
Enrollment Restriction: per instructor
Instructor Consent: Consent required for some students

Consent of instructor is required for special students only.

For consent, contact:

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

Auditors Allowed: No
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Special Comments: 140.658 Statistics for psychosocial research strongly recommended.
Frequency Schedule: Every Other Year
Next Offered: 2015-2016