Seminar on “Understanding the multilevel determinants of health: challenges and opportunities for epidemiology”

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Date(s) - Oct 27, 2011
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

UCLA School of Public Health


Ana V. Diez Roux
Professor of Epidemiology
Director, Center for Social Epidemiology and Population Health
University of Michigan
Candidate for the Chair position in the Department of Epidemiology

October 27, 2011 at 12 noon, SPH Dean’s conference room (16-059 CHS), UCLA

This talk will discuss conceptual and methodological challenges related to the epidemiologic study of multilevel determinants of health. Examples will be drawn from the investigation of neighborhood health effects. Novel and promising directions in the study of multilevel determinants will be highlighted.

Ana Diez Roux, MD PhD of the University of Michigan is a professor of epidemiology and director of the Center for Social Epidemiology and Population Health in the School of Public Health, a research professor in the Survey Research Center in the Institute for Social Research, and director of the Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholars Program. Dr. Diez Roux has been an international leader in the investigation of the social determinants of health, the application of multilevel analysis in health research, and the study of neighborhood health effects. Her research areas include social epidemiology and health disparities, environmental health effects, urban health, psychosocial factors in health, and cardiovascular disease epidemiology.  Recent areas of work include social environment-gene interactions and the use of complex systems approaches in population health. Dr. Diez Roux serves on numerous review and advisory committees and was awarded the Wade Hampton Frost Award for her contributions to public health by the American Public Health Association. She was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in 2009. Dr. Diez Roux received her MD from the University of Buenos Aires, and her master’s degree in public health and doctorate in health policy from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health.