Current Epidemiology Reports

, Volume 6, Issue 1, pp 28–33 | Cite as

Improving the Epidemiological Understanding of the Dynamic Relationship Between Life Course Financial Well-Being and Health

  • Samuel L. SwiftEmail author
  • Zinzi Bailey
  • Adina Zeki Al Hazzouri
Social Epidemiology (A Aiello, Section Editor)
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Topical Collection on Social Epidemiology


Purpose of Review

We posit that there are many different measures of financial well-being such as income, debt, assets, and wealth, which may have different consequences for health at different times in the life course. We frame our discussion of financial well-being within existing theories and mechanisms by which financial well-being may influence health.

Recent Findings

We contrast the influences of “snap shot” or one point in time measures of financial well-being with those of repeated measures of financial well-being across the life course. Reviewing recent research, we show the importance of measures apart from income in understanding how financial well-being influences health.


We argue that because financial well-being is multidimensional, the salient effect of financial well-being on health may not be captured by only focusing on singular aspects of this construct. We believe that there is an impetus on epidemiologists to embrace the multidimensionality of financial well-being, which will, in turn, improve public health practice and inform health policy in a more consequentialist manner.


Epidemiological methods Financial well-being Income Social determinants of health 


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Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Human and Animal Rights and Informed Consent

This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Samuel L. Swift
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Zinzi Bailey
    • 3
  • Adina Zeki Al Hazzouri
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Epidemiology, Department of Public Health SciencesUniversity of MiamiMiamiUSA
  2. 2.Division of Epidemiology and Populations Health Sciences, Department of Public Health SciencesUniversity of Miami Miller School of MedicineMiamiUSA
  3. 3.Jay Weiss Institute for Health Equity, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer CenterUniversity of MiamiMiamiUSA

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