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Spring 2016-2017
* SOC 366 (SA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Social and Economic Determinants of Health

Tod G. Hamilton

This course provides students with an introduction to the study of public health from a sociological perspective. The course focuses most centrally on understanding the national, regional/state, and local level social contexts that are so important for the health of individuals and populations. A substantial portion of the course will be geared toward understanding how social contexts operate to produce health disparities across subgroups of the U.S. population, particularly those defined by race/ethnicity, nativity, and socioeconomic status.

Sample reading list:
I. Kawachi & L. Berkman, Social Epidemiology
S. L. Syme, "Reducing Racial and Social-Class Inequalities in Health:"
N. Krieger, "Theories for Social Epidemiology in the 21st Century:"
Mauricio Avendano & Ichiro Kawachi, "Why Do Americans Have Shorter Life Expectancy and Worse..."
Stephen Bezruchka, "The Hurrider I Go the Behinder I Get:"
Stephen Bezruchka, Tsukasa Namekata and Maria Sistrom, "Improving Economic Equality and Health:"

Reading/Writing assignments:
Grading will be based on a mid-term in-class examination (30%), oral presentations (15%), general class participation (15%), and a take-home final examination (40%). As part of the class participation component of students' grade, all students are required to post two questions or comments generated from the readings to Blackboard by 5pm on Wednesday. The instructor will be available by appointment during office hours to discuss course materials and class assignments with the students.

Take Home Mid term Exam - 30%
Take Home Final Exam - 40%
Oral Presentation(s) - 15%
Class/Precept Participation - 15%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
43396 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm Th   Wallace Hall   004   Enrolled:12 Limit:18