Course Description

Course Name

Introduction to Social Epidemiology

Session: VSOS3221

Hours & Credits

3 Credits

Prerequisites & Language Level

Taught In English

  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.


I. Course Description
Social epidemiology is a branch of epidemiology studies the social distribution and social determinants of disease in human population. This course is going to introduce students to key theories, analytic methods, and debates in social epidemiology. This course will cover several research topics including how socioeconomic position (e.g., education, income, and occupation) and social experience (e.g., discrimination, social support/integration, psychosocial work environment, and unemployment) can be measured and how they are linked to health outcomes. Students are expected to actively engage in class discussions.
II. Course Prerequisite
- Basic understanding of epidemiologic methods is required to take this course. Students are expected to be familiar with epidemiologic concepts such as cohort/case-control/cross-sectional/ecological study design, confounding/selection/information bias, and Hill?s criteria of causation.
III. Course Text and Reading
Required Books
1. The Status Syndrome: How Social Standing Affects Our Health and Longevity (Michael Marmot, Times Books 2004 )
2. (Richard G. Wilkinson, New Press 2006)
3. (David Stuckler & Sanjay Basu, Basic Books, 2013)
Recommended Textbook
(Berkman LF and Kawachi I. Eds, Oxford University Press 2000)

*Course content subject to change