Offered: Fall 2013, Fall 2014
Social epidemiology is the branch of epidemiology that explores how social forces affect human health and well being. In particular it asks how social interactions, human activities, social conditions, social problems, and other social arrangements affect determinants of health and yield differential health outcomes. Social epidemiologists are concerned with determining the pathways through which social factors affect health, identifying disease-specific risk factors, and understanding health outcomes and risk factors are arrayed across different social conditions and social systems. This class pays particular attention to the effects of race and gender as they affect health and interact with the social determinants of health.
Course requirements: PH 001 or PH 005 (these will change for the 2014-15 school year). These requirements may be waived with the permission of an instructor