PUBHLTH 159 (4.0
The primary objective of this course is to introduce students to current theory and research on the association between the social relationships/the interpersonal environment and health. Perspectives and concepts from several disciplines will be considered. We will begin by examining the basic stress-coping paradigm wherein the concept of social support links networks of social/interpersonal relationships to health and well-being. After exploring the definition and measurement of social networks and social relationships, we will focus on the perspectives and avenues through which such patterns of social relationships, and their varied contents and processes (eg., social support, health behaviors), are related to health. We will then turn our attention to the social epidemiology of support, and conclude with a consideration of the biopsychosocial pathways connecting social relationships and health. Prerequisite: PUBHLTH 1. Repeatability: Unlimited as topics vary. Same as SOCIOL 159.