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Harvard University

Health and Society

Harvard University via edX

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The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the major social variables—social class, race, gender, poverty, income distribution, social networks/support, community cohesion, the work and neighborhood environment—that affect population health.

The course covers the theoretical underpinnings of each construct (e.g. "race" as a social category), and surveys the empirical research linking each to population health status. Methods are introduced to operationalize each construct for the purposes of empirical application in epidemiologic research.

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Taught by

Ichiro Kawachi and Monica Wang


4.7 rating, based on 7 Class Central reviews

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  • This course is good, because it really expains how important health is to our Society. Since Covered 19 the world has been experiencing some serious mental and emotional challenges.
  • Fernando Perez
    I thought that the class was informative and was a good introduction in the field epidemiology.

    The professor used various case-studies to make the material comprehensible and relatable to experiences that the students might see in everyday life.
  • Kelly
    Hi.. my nome is kelly,dentist,45 years old.and i world like to do this course.Is.very important for me and for my profission.

    Give me this oportunity please.


    Kelly lima



  • It's enlightening and ofcourse able to learn more about health and the society.
    I'm looking forward to having depth knowledge on the adverse effects of health on it's society
  • Anonymous
    trying to improve my knowledge in the area, enabling personal and intellectual growth, and trying to go through this moment that we are going through, of idleness.
  • Anonymous
    Good evening.

    My name is Maria Ap. Brito do Vale .I'm 59 years old and I' m physical education teacher. I like to study about history and philosophy and I have been studying english for some time.

    Awaiting response, thank you for your attencion
  • Anonymous
    I find the course so interesting and enlighten of what effect health takes in the society. Comparing of two countries make me realize that society effect on health is really varies and

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