social epidemiology

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The epidemiological study of the social determinants and social distribution of disease and states of health. It is the interface of epidemiology with sociology, political science, economics, and social and cultural anthropology. It includes studies of personal and population health in the context of behavior, social networks, and determinants such as ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and housing conditions. It may use a life course approach that attempts to place current states of health in the context of formative social, economic, and cultural determinants. In intervention studies, it seeks to modify adverse factors and ameliorate determinants that can enhance good health.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.

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