Course Information

Syndemics: The Sociodemographic, Economic and Environmental Factors Fueling COVID-19 Health Disparities

Course ID: MPBH 495-008 / HSM 355-005
School:Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health
Program: Public Health, Health Care Administration
Credit Hours: 1

Course Description

A syndemic is the dynamic relationship and synergy between clusters of two or more coexisting epidemics and the factors that precipitate their interaction within a population. Understanding and tackling syndemics require the recognition that diseases rarely exist in isolation. Identification of the common social, political, economic, and ecological factors that are driving poor health is necessary for identifying effective health policies and programs to reduce health inequity. This course will specifically examine the dynamic relationship between COVID-19 (an infectious disease epidemic) and non-commutable chronic diseases (like the obesity and diabetes epidemics) and the social determinants that interconnect them both and fuels health disparities. Concepts will be illustrated using strategies and case studies of disease syndemics with a focus on application for addressing the COVID-19 pandemic and emerging health disparities.

  • Describe how infectious disease and chronic disease epidemics correlate in some settings.
  • Identify common socio-political, economic and environmental factors that can affect both infectious and chronic disease epidemics and analyze their root causes
  • Identify evidence-based strategies for the COVID-19 pandemic to mitigate health disparities

*This course is part of a series of special topic courses on Strengthening Population Health Resilience in the Time of COVID-19Learn more

Course Offering

Session Day Time Instructor
B Tue 12:00 - 2:00 PM Dugas and Mora

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