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Health and Society

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the major social variables that affect population health.
This course is archived
Estimated 4 weeks
5 hours per week
Instructor-paced
Instructor-led on a course schedule

About this course

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The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the major social variables—social class, race, gender, poverty, income distribution, social networks/support, community cohesion, the work and neighborhood environment—that affect population health.

The course covers the theoretical underpinnings of each construct (e.g. "race" as a social category), and surveys the empirical research linking each to population health status. Methods are introduced to operationalize each construct for the purposes of empirical application in epidemiologic research.

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At a glance

  • Language: English
  • Video Transcript: English

What you'll learn

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  • How population health is affected by and the theories underlying the following major social variables: socio-economic status (SES), Income inequality, race and ethnicities, social networks and support, neighborhoods, social capital and cohesion, and work environment
  • What empirical research links these variables to population health status
  • Which methods are used in social epidemiological research and how this research is empirically applied

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