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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.


More Women Opting to Give Birth Outside of a Hospital

More Women Opting to Give Birth Outside of a Hospital

Data shows rate of births at home and in birth centers reaches highest level in 30 years; demand may actually be greater

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SPH Study Explores Maternal Experience of IPV in Young Children in Tanzania

SPH Study Explores Maternal Experience of IPV in Young Children in Tanzania

Natalie Slopen and colleagues published a new study exploring the health implications of intimate partner violence on children

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Boudreaux research examines eye-care labor market outcomes

Boudreaux research examines eye-care labor market outcomes

Working paper: Michel Boudreaux, et al. (2018). Medicaid Benefit Generosity and Labor Market Outcomes: Evidence from Medicaid Adult Vision Benefits. SSRN Electronic Journal. DOI: 10.2139/ssrn.3101045

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Roberts studies health of demographically diverse population

Roberts studies health of demographically diverse population

PLOT project uses natural experiment of a new light rail line in Prince Georges County, Maryland

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Chen research identifies benefits of local mental health services

Chen research identifies benefits of local mental health services

American Journal of Preventive Medicine article reports racial and ethnic minorities experience a disproportionate burden of co-existing mental, physical conditions

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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

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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

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IPUMS - Time Use website launched

IPUMS - Time Use website launched

Hofferth and colleagues help make time use data readily accessible

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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

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