ADVANCED SEMINAR IN SOCIAL EPIDEMIOLOGY Syllabus
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
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.
Ideally suited to doctoral or post-doctoral students in 2nd year or beyond, with graduate experience in behavioral or social science.
Methods of Assessment
Grading Policy: Writing assignments, paper, lab reports, class participation.
Grading Restrictions: Letter grade
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
Academic Ethics Code
The code, discussed in the Policy and Procedure Memorandum for Students, March 31, 2002, will be adhered to in this class:
Students enrolled in the Bloomberg School of Public Health of The Johns Hopkins University assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to the University's mission as an institution of higher education. A student is obligated to refrain from acts which he or she knows, or under the circumstances has reason to know, impair the academic integrity of the University. Violations of academic integrity include, but are not limited to: cheating; plagiarism; knowingly furnishing false information to any agent of the University for inclusion in the academic record; violation of the rights and welfare of animal or human subjects in research; and misconduct as a member of either School or University committees or recognized groups or organizations.
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