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Health in Social Context

hsc-icon-100The establishment on campus of a school of public health emphasizing the social and behavioral sciences provides the opportunity to integrate innovative basic social science approaches pioneered by MPRC scholars with outstanding research on improving health and reducing health disparities situated in a social and environmental context. Examples to date include the application of time use methods to obesity, the application of models of gender and parenthood to health, and the environmental context of physical activity.

Research in this area includes:

  1. determinants of infant, child, and youth health;
  2. health and aging; and
  3. impact of health care systems and social programs.

Some examples of current research in this area can be seen below.


Green working to enhace Woodlawn Cohort dataset

Green working to enhace Woodlawn Cohort dataset

New project would identify critical pivotal influences along the life course

Green working to enhace Woodlawn Cohort dataset - Read More…

Effects of Depression on Contraceptive Behavior

Effects of Depression on Contraceptive Behavior

Julia Steinberg will use an NICHD K01 grant to investigate the impact of depression throughout the reproductive cycle

Effects of Depression on Contraceptive Behavior - Read More…

IPUMS - Time Use website launched

IPUMS - Time Use website launched

Hofferth and colleagues help make time use data readily accessible

IPUMS - Time Use website launched - Read More…

U.S. Women Veteran's Experiences of War

U.S. Women Veteran's Experiences of War

Jones awarded NEH grant to document 100 years of women veteran's war experiences

U.S. Women Veteran's Experiences of War - Read More…

Affordable Care for All?

Affordable Care for All?

Faculty associate Jerome Dugan investigates the relationship between socioeconomic status, health insurance coverage, and affordable quality care

Affordable Care for All? - Read More…

Race, Gender, and Obesity: How the Social Environment Constrains or Enables Physical Activity

Race, Gender, and Obesity: How the Social Environment Constrains or Enables Physical Activity

Faculty associate Rashawn Ray investigates the social and environmental changes needed in order to remove neighborhood barriers to regular physical exercise

Race, Gender, and Obesity: How the Social Environment Constrains or Enables Physical Activity - Read More…

Using propensity scores for causal inference with covariate measurement error

Using propensity scores for causal inference with covariate measurement error

Faculty Associate Frauke Kreuter's project, an R01 funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, seeks to develop and assess new statistical methods

Using propensity scores for causal inference with covariate measurement error - Read More…

Multidimensional Pathways to Healthy Aging among Filipino Women

Multidimensional Pathways to Healthy Aging among Filipino Women

Feinian Chen is working with the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, on an interdisciplinary study for the National Institute on Aging on health and functional outcomes in women's "transitional years" of middle and later adulthood

Multidimensional Pathways to Healthy Aging among Filipino Women - Read More…

Change in Elderly Living Arrangements in Rural South Africa, 2000-2010

Change in Elderly Living Arrangements in Rural South Africa, 2000-2010

Sangeetha Madhavan project, an R03 funded by NICHD, examines the impact of HIV on the probability that an elderly person will face a transition in living arrangements

Change in Elderly Living Arrangements in Rural South Africa, 2000-2010 - Read More…

How Does the Amount of Time Mothers Spend with Children Matter?

How Does the Amount of Time Mothers Spend with Children Matter?

Dr. Milkie's research helps to reshape cultural frames regarding maternal time and children's well being

How Does the Amount of Time Mothers Spend with Children Matter? - Read More…

Dagher: Prevention of postpartum depression could yield health care cost savings

Dagher: Prevention of postpartum depression could yield health care cost savings

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health R18 study is first to examine the relation between postpartum depression and health services expenditures

Dagher: Prevention of postpartum depression could yield health care cost savings - Read More…

Teens, Technology, and Dating Violence

Teens, Technology, and Dating Violence

Donna Howard and colleagues are studying the impact of electronic communication technologies on dating violence

Teens, Technology, and Dating Violence - Read More…

Air Pollution, Subclinical CVD and Inflammatory Markers in the Search Cohort

Air Pollution, Subclinical CVD and Inflammatory Markers in the Search Cohort

Faculty Associate Robin Puett undertakes R01 study of air pollution effects for diabetes and cardiovascular disease

Air Pollution, Subclinical CVD and Inflammatory Markers in the Search Cohort - Read More…

Asian American Liver Cancer Education Program in Maryland

Asian American Liver Cancer Education Program in Maryland

Faculty Associate Sunmin Lee is wrapping up a four-year grant evaluating the effectiveness of educational intervention on disease awareness

Asian American Liver Cancer Education Program in Maryland - Read More…