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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.


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

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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

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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

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Chen studying women's transition to later adulthood

Chen studying women's transition to later adulthood

Interdisciplinary project working with scholars from the University of North Carolina

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How Does Parental Stress Affect Child Outcomes?

How Does Parental Stress Affect Child Outcomes?

Natasha Cabrera has completed a paper on “Parenting and early predictors of Latino children’s cognitive and social development: Direct and Indirect Effects”

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Intergenerational Parenting and Health

Intergenerational Parenting and Health

MPRC Associate Terrence Thornberry is studying Intergenerational Health using the Rochester Youth Development Study

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Using IHDS Data to Explore Inequality in India

Using IHDS Data to Explore Inequality in India

Sonalde Desai and Reeve Vanneman study the "Determinants of Maternal and Child Health in India"

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