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Teaching EpidemiologyA guide for teachers in epidemiology, public health and clinical medicine$
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Jørn Olsen, Naomi Greene, Rodolfo Saracci, and Dimitrios Trichopoulos

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199685004

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199685004.001.0001

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Social inequalities in health

Social inequalities in health

(p.221) Chapter 14 Social inequalities in health
Teaching Epidemiology

Nancy Krieger

Oxford University Press

Teaching about social inequalities in health is fundamental to epidemiology, substantively and methodologically. At issue is understanding how we embody inequity, what can be done to prevent this, and how social inequality affects not only people’s health but also epidemiologic concepts, measures, selection bias, confounding, and misclassification. The ten sessions of this proposed introductory course include (1) ‘What are “social inequalities in health”?—definitions and debates’ (2) ‘Health inequities in historical perspective: a brief review’ (3) ‘Theoretical frameworks for epidemiologic research on health inequities’ (4) ‘Key dimensions of health inequities within and between countries: global politics, class, racism, gender, and sexuality, in context’ (5) ‘History, levels, life course, and pathways of embodiment leading to health inequities—and the fallacies of “nature versus nurture” and five sessions on ‘health inequities: pathways and measurement’ in relation to (6) social class, (7) racism, (8) gender, (9) sexuality, and (10) between countries and regions.

Keywords:   health inequities, social inequalities in health, epidemiology, global politics, history

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