David H. Chae, Sc.D.
Human Sciences Associate Professor & Director, Center for Health Ecology and Equity Research
Sc.D., Harvard University, 2007
(334) 844-3321 | Center for Health Ecology and Equity Research
HUSC 5930/6930: Society and Health
This course introduces students to concepts in society and population health, with a focus on major themes related to social determinants of health inequities. This course provides an overview of population-level theories of health, and analyzes major themes in health equity related to: poverty, social class, work, and the role of economic policies; gender, sexuality, and intersectionality; race and racism; area-level and neighborhood factors; and social networks and social capital. This course provides broad substantive knowledge on the effects of social forces on population health and health inequities.
HUSC 5950/6950: Seminar on Health Ecology and Equity
Health inequities are unjust patterns in the distribution of disease in a population, which fall along lines of social inequality. The importance of understanding and reducing health inequities is reflected in Healthy People 2020, which provides benchmarks for health for the U.S. population; among them are to “achieve health equity, eliminate disparities, and improve the health of all groups,” and to “create social and physical environments that promote good health for all.” This seminar course provides students with exposure to specialized topics in health equity research.