What you'll learn

  • How population health is affected by major social variables
  • 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

Course description

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.

Before your course starts, try the new edX Demo where you can explore the fun, interactive learning environment and virtual labs. Learn more.

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Instructor

  • Professor of Social Epidemiology; Chair of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Associated Schools

  • Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

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