About The Course
Welcome Message

Welcome to the CoursePlus Web site for ADVANCED SEMINAR IN SOCIAL EPIDEMIOLOGY (340.705.01), a course offered by the Department of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Course Description

Offers doctoral students an opportunity to synthesize theories and methodologies from the social and behavioral sciences and epidemiology. Highlights current controversies and practices in the evolving field of social epidemiology. Topics include: (a) the role of theory in epidemiology, (b) fundamental causes and the problem of “distality”, (c) how social factors affect the body, (d) modeling of social factors and health, and (e) area-based influences on health. Course is oriented toward research rather than practice.

Course Learning Objectives

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Define and describe the origins, history, and major approaches to the study of social conditions as determinants of health at the population level
  • Identify and describe 7 distinct core areas of research within the field
  • Distinguish between and apply leading theories that have guided the field of social epidemiology
  • Apply concepts, theories and methods from the field of social epidemiology to a research problem of interest to the student
  • Construct theoretical arguments and select appropriate methods for analyzing the influence of upstream social processes on population health
  • Operate within a seminar course format

Course Time

Mon Wed   1:30 PM to 3:20 PM

Course Faculty

2 graduate level courses in Epidemiology and in Biostatistics (prefer 140.622 and 340.752) and one graduate level course in social or behavioral sciences

Intended Audience

Ideally suited to doctoral or post-doctoral students in 2nd year or beyond, with graduate experience in behavioral or social science.

Grading Policy & Grading Restrictions

Grading Policy: Writing assignments, paper, lab reports, class participation.

Grading Restrictions: Letter grade

Administrative Contact

Tom Glass
E-mail: tglass@jhsph.edu