Assistant Professor of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases); Associate (Adjunct) Professor of Law, Yale Law School; Co-Director, Global Health Justice Partnership; Co-Director, Collaboration for Research Integrity and Transparency
Social Determinants of Health
The importance of broad social factors on health outcomes including infectious diseases has long been recognized. These social determinants of health (SDH) are the conditions in which people live and the wider set of forces that affect health. SDH include physical (e.g. characteristics of the natural and built environments), economic (e.g. poverty), social (e.g. discrimination, cultural factors), and political (e.g., laws and policies) systems. Many of these factors influence exposures to and consequences of infectious diseases, and faculty in EMD work on these issues locally, nationally, and globally because understanding and addressing SDH is critical to achieving greater health equity.
Some examples of EMD faculty working on social determinants of health include:
- Dr. Ko’s research focuses on infectious diseases such as leptospirosis and dengue that emerge and persist in urban slum areas due to rapid urbanization and social inequity.
- Dr. Niccolai’s research uses area-based measures of poverty, race, and ethnicity to document disparities that exist across neighborhoods in Connecticut in reportable infectious diseases. She also studies how the social determinants of mass incarceration and housing instability interact to increase risk for HIV among poor individuals.
- Dr. Gonsalves studies how social and economic policies can address the potential for infections such as HIV and cholera to spread, and he studies human rights issues related to access to treatment for infectious diseases.
Faculty of Interest
- Research InterestsComputer Simulation; Decision Making; Hepatitis C; HIV; Operations Research; Political Systems; Prisoners; Public Policy; Social Justice; Social Medicine; Tuberculosis; United States Food and Drug Administration; Causality; Drug Approval; Drug Users; Social Determinants of Health
Research Scientist in Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases)Research InterestsAttitude; HIV; Psychiatry and Psychology
Professor of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases) and of Pharmacology; Director, Emerging Infections ProgramResearch InterestsAcquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome; Epidemiology; Foodborne Diseases; Hepatitis C; Injections; Public Health; Russia; Vietnam; Global Health; HIV Infections
Instructor of Public Health Practice (Microbial Diseases)Research InterestsAcquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome; Developing Countries; Ghana; HIV; Hookworm Infections; Malaria; Parasitology; Public Health; Vietnam; Global Health; Nutrition Policy
Associate Professor of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases); Program Director- BA-BS/MPH Program in Public Health at YaleResearch InterestsAcquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome; Epidemiology; Ethics; HIV; Human Rights; Public Health; Violence; Global Health; Infectious Disease Medicine; Diseases
Department Chair and Professor of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases) and of Medicine (Infectious Diseases); Department Chair, Epidemiology of Microbial DiseasesResearch InterestsDengue; Epidemiology; Leptospirosis; Urban Health; Global Health; Meningitis, Bacterial; Infectious Disease Medicine
Professor of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases); Director, Development Core at Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS; Director, HPV Working Group at Yale; Co-Director, CT Emerging Infections Program at YaleResearch InterestsEpidemiologic Methods; Epidemiology; HIV; Sexually Transmitted Diseases; Vaccines; Communicable Diseases, Emerging; Qualitative Research; Human papillomavirus 11