Encyclopedia of Behavioral Medicine

Living Edition
| Editors: Marc Gellman

Social Epidemiology

  • G. David BattyEmail author
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-6439-6_494-2


While epidemiology is defined as the study of the distribution and determinants of disease and typically treats social determinants as background to biomedical phenomena, social epidemiology is a sphere of enquiry in its own right. It is distinguished by explicitly investigating social determinants of population distributions of health, disease, and well-being. Social epidemiology was perhaps first coined as a discipline in the 1950s; postgraduate programs in social epidemiology are now offered.


References and Further Reading

  1. Berkman, L., & Kawachi, I. (Eds.). (2000). Social epidemiology. New York: Oxford University Press.Google Scholar
  2. Krieger, N. (2001). A glossary for social epidemiology. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 55(10), 693–700.CrossRefPubMedPubMedCentralGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Epidemiology and Public HealthUniversity College LondonLondonUK

Section editors and affiliations

  • Anna C. Whittaker
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Sport, Exercise & Rehabilitation SciencesUniversity of BirminghamBirminghamUK