Social Epidemiology

Social distinction & change

The study of how social factors contribute to health and disease over a period of time.

Social epidemiology is the study of how social factors contribute to health and disease over a period of time. Our Department engages in both descriptive and etiologic studies with a broadly social and interdisciplinary focus. Descriptive studies assess how health varies across axes of social distinction such as ethnicity, gender, and social class, and how those variations may change across time and space thereby reflecting social processes.

Etiologic studies have an explicit focus on social, economic, political and cultural factors as determinants of health rather than as background characteristics—with implications for potential interventions to reduce social inequalities in health.


Faculty working in this field