© 2012

Rethinking Social Epidemiology

Towards a Science of Change

  • Patricia O’Campo
  • James R. Dunn

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Patricia O’Campo, James R. Dunn
    Pages 1-19
  3. Foundations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-21
    2. Ahmed M. Bayoumi, Adrian Guta
      Pages 43-65
    3. Janet Smylie, Aisha Lofters, Michelle Firestone, Patricia O’Campo
      Pages 67-92
    4. Aisha Lofters, Patricia O’Campo
      Pages 93-109
  4. Context

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 111-111
    2. Irene H. Yen, Janet K. Shim, Airín D. Martínez
      Pages 157-174
    3. Carles Muntaner, Carme Borrell, Edwin Ng, Haejoo Chung, Albert Espelt, Maica Rodriguez-Sanz et al.
      Pages 175-202
  5. Research Tools in Action

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 203-203
    2. Maritt Kirst, Patricia O’Campo
      Pages 231-245
    3. Sanjeev Sridharan, James R. Dunn, April Nakaima
      Pages 247-263
  6. Making a Difference

About this book


To date, much of the empirical work in social epidemiology has demonstrated the existence of health inequalities along a number of axes of social differentiation. However, this research, in isolation, will not inform effective solutions to health inequalities. Rethinking Social Epidemiology provides an expanded vision of social epidemiology as a science of change, one that seeks to better address key questions related to both the causes of social inequalities in health (problem-focused research) as well as the implementation of interventions to alleviate conditions of marginalization and poverty (solution-focused research). This book is ideally suited for emerging and practicing social epidemiologists as well as graduate students and health professionals in related disciplines.


Knowledge translation Public health Realist philosophy Social determinants of health Social epidemiology

Editors and affiliations

  • Patricia O’Campo
    • 1
  • James R. Dunn
    • 2
  1. 1.St. Michael’s HospitalTorontoCanada
  2. 2., McMaster UniversityDepartment of Health, Aging and SocietyHamiltonCanada

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