Social Epidemiology Certificate

The Certificate in Social Epidemiology offers concentrated training in social and spatial epidemiology and is aimed at improving our capacity to monitor, research, and address social determinants of health and health inequities. Courses in this certificate program combine theory from the social sciences with rigorous epidemiological and social science methods utilized to understand and to address the connections between social factors and health.

Offered by: Department of Epidemiology

Faculty Lead: Katherine Theall, PhD

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Certificate Purpose

This certificate program provides training to scholars and practitioners in the conduct of rigorous research and evaluation methods aimed at understanding and addressing social determinants of health, to improve population health and reduce health inequalities locally, nationally, and internationally. The certificate is aimed at master’s students who want training in social epidemiologic methods, specifically, preparing them for an ever-increasing workforce aimed at tackling these fundamental causes of health and reducing health disparities. Students will be prepared to work in a variety of settings, both research and practice, and at multiple levels, but also in other non-public health and interdisciplinary settings.

Eligible Students

This certificate program is designed for all enrolled MPH, MSPH, MPH&TM degree students. Students in the MPH in Epidemiology must work with advisors to avoid overlap of requirements.

Certificate Competencies

Students who earn then the Certificate in Social Epidemiology will be able to:

  • Apply epidemiological methods to social and population health problems.
  • Describe the different study designs and data collection tools utilized in social epidemiology.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in data management, collection, and analysis of social epidemiologic and spatial data.
  • Succinctly describe and interpret data from a social epidemiologic inquiry.

Number of Credits Required for Completion: 12

Prerequisite Courses
  • SPHL 6060 Epidemiology for Public Health
Required Courses
  • EPID 6600 Epidemiology of Disparities
  • SBPS7280 Qualitative Methods I or SBPS 7290 Qualitative Methods II 
  • SPHL 6110 Introduction to GIS for Public Health, or BIOS 6800 Public Health GIS, or EPID 7110 Spatial Epidemiology

Any two of the following (6 credits) based on your focus on social theory and/or methodologies

  • SBPS 6030 Soc & Beh Aspects of Glo Hl 
  • EPID 7120 Epidemiologic Methods II 
  • SBPS 7250 Evidence Based Methods Social & Beh.
  • SBPS 6700 Social Innovation for PH Profe
  • SBPS 7510 MCH: Lifecourse Perspective 
  • IHSD 7070 The Social Determinants of HIV and AIDS
  • SBPS 7220 Community Organization
  • SBPS 7010 Health Communication Theory and Practice

Students should consult with their academic advisor to determine which certificate best fits their professional and academic goals