340.628.11 | AY 2013-2014 - Summer Inst. Term | 2 Credit(s)
MTWThF 8:30:00 AM
  • Welcome Message

    Welcome to the 2013 edition of Social Epidemiology. Students are encouraged to review the course information carefully. Also, all required course readings are posted under the Class Materials and Resources tab of the course website. Here are the course "headlines":

    1) The course meets promptly at 8:30 am in Room W2017 Monday through Friday starting June 24.

    2) All students are required to have read the materials contained in the "Monday" folder prior to the first day of class

    3) Please go to the on-line library and print a copy of the course syllabus (called Social Epi Summer Inst 2013 V1.docx).

    We look forward to seeing you in class.

    Manuel Franco, Adjunct Associate Professor, course director

    Thomas Glass, Professor and course co-director

  • Course Description
    This one-week course provides students with a systematic and selective overview of conceptual approaches and research findings related to the impact of social context on the health of various populations. Each session highlights a different area of research on the frontier of this emerging field. Among the social processes examined are 1) social inequalities (including social class differences as well as the effects of income inequality per se), 2)social capital and social cohesion, 3) social networks and support, 4) neighborhood characteristics, and 5) racism and discrimination. Emphasis is placed upon extending the causal chain thought to be associated with patterns of acute and chronic disease to include “upstream” factors related to social context. Includes discussion of methods related to the study of social factors across multiple levels; however, this is not intended to be a methods course. The course will be taught as a seminar with limited lecture mater.
  • Course Learning Objectives

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

    • Define and describe the field of social epidemiology in terms of its history, current status, and future directions
    • Identify and describe four distinct core areas of research within the field
    • Distinguish between leading theories that have guided the field
    • Apply concepts, theories and methods from the field of social epidemiology to a research problem of interest to the student
    • Operate within a seminar course format
  • Intended Audience
    Summer Institute students and interested degree-seeking students within the school.

    Additional Faculty Notes:
    Open to all graduate students enrolled in the Summer Institute of Epidemiology and Biostatistics who wish to learn about social epidemiology. Some previous exposure to graduate course work in both Epidemiology as well as some social science methods and theory is advised but not required. Students who have never had a graduate course in a social science, and who have not completed Introduction to Epidemiology, should consult the course director before taking this course.

  • Methods of Assessment


    Additional Faculty Notes:

    Student evaluated will be based on two factors: 1) the quality and quantity of in-class participation (50%), and 2) evaluation (by letter grade) of 1 writing assignment (50%) that is due at 5PM on Monday July 1. 

  • Required Text(s)

    Additional Faculty Notes:

    No textbook will be used in this class. Instead, required readings for each class session are posted as .pdf files and available for download on the course supplement web site under LECTURE INFO, then ONLINE LIBRARY. Papers are listed by day (Mon-Fri). All students are expected to have read all required readings before class (including and especially the first day). Also, due to heavy demand for printing resources, all students are requested to print copies of papers from the website prior to arrival on campus.

  • Course Schedule

    Please see the course Session for a full list of dates and items for this course.

  • Academic Ethics Code

    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.

  • Contact Information
    Manuel Franco
    Thomas Glass
  • Course topics
    Seven core topic areas. Core topic areas: 1. Definition and history of the field of social epidemiology 2. The problem of distality and elongated causal chains 3. The social patterning of health across time and place 4. Socioeconomic position, race, and health 5. Durkheim, from social support to social capital and everything in between 6. Neighborhoods and health: Integrating group-level and individual-level factors 7. So what? Social epidemiology as intervention: from persons, to places, to policies
  • Contact Information(from old syllabus)

    Manuel Franco, MD, Ph.D.
    Office: NA

  • Disability Support Services
    If you are a student with a documented disability who requires an academic accommodation, please contact the Office of Student Life Services at 410-955-3034 or via email at