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340.628.98 Social Epidemiology

2nd term
2 credits
Academic Year:
2012 - 2013
Barcelona, Spain
Thu 11/29/2012 - Fri 11/30/2012
Class Times:
  • Th F,  8:30am - 6:00pm
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Judy Holzer
Course Instructor:
  • Thomas A. Glass
Frequency Schedule:
One Year Only

Provides students with a systematic and selective overview of conceptual approaches and research findings related to the impact of social context on the health of various populations. Each session highlights a different area of research on the frontier of this emerging field. Among the social processes examined are 1) social inequalities (including social class differences as well as the effects of income inequality per se), 2)social capital and social cohesion, 3) social networks and support, 4) neighborhood characteristics, and 5) racism and discrimination. Emphasizes extending the causal chain thought to be associated with patterns of acute and chronic disease to include “upstream” factors related to social context. Includes discussion of methods related to the study of social factors across multiple levels; however, this is not intended to be a methods course. Taught as a seminar with limited lecture matter.

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 history, current status, and future directions
  2. Identify and describe four distinct core areas of research within the field
  3. Distinguish between leading theories that have guided the field
  4. Apply concepts, theories and methods from the field of social epidemiology to a research problem of interest to the student
  5. Operate within a seminar course format
Methods of Assessment:

final paper and class participation.

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for some students

Consent Note:

full-time degree candidates must obtain permission for this course from Judy Holzer in HPM prior to registration.

For consent, contact:

Special Comments:

This is an advanced course.