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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.


NSF RAPID Study on the 2020 Coronavirus Social Impacts

NSF RAPID Study on the 2020 Coronavirus Social Impacts

Long Doan along with Faculty Associates Liana Sayer, Sociology, and Jessica Fish, Family Science, will examine the social impacts of the 2020 Coronavirus pandemic.

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Using New Policy Parameter to Study Early Childhood Intervention for Low Birth-weight Infants

Using New Policy Parameter to Study Early Childhood Intervention for Low Birth-weight Infants

Erich Battistin examines a relatively understudied early-childhood intervention for low birth-weight infants using new policy parameter

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Boudreaux examines men's life expectancy in cities

Demography paper with External Affiliate Andrew Fenelon finds "remarkable increases"

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Devon Payne-Sturges on air pollution and child health

Devon Payne-Sturges on air pollution and child health

Absent federal policy, the state of Maryland can implement policies to protect children’s health

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Risk Factors for Infant Mortality in Maryland

Risk Factors for Infant Mortality in Maryland

Maryland Health Care Commission project includes Marian Moser-Jones, Edmond Shenassa and Marie Thoma

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Sexual minority youth less likely to exit foster care

Sexual minority youth less likely to exit foster care

Jessica Fish and her colleagues published a study presenting sexual minority youth as an overrepresented population in foster care, child welfare and out-of-home placement

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Opioid Use Disorder, mental illness lack treatment when co-occuring

Opioid Use Disorder, mental illness lack treatment when co-occuring

Jie Chen and colleagues will publish a study examining the behavioral health treatment among individuals with co-occurring opioid use disorder and mental illness

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Care Coordination on Minorities with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementia

Care Coordination on Minorities with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementia

Principal Investigator Jie Chen, with Andrew Fenelon and others, was awarded a grant to study care coordination on ethnic minority populations

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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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