Course: Health Across the Life Span: Frameworks, Contexts, and Measurements

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The required readings for each session are listed below. For a full printer-friendly list, including lecture reference, please click here.

Session Topic Readings
1 How Do We Think About "Health"? (Kristin Mmari)

Izquierdo, C. (2005) When health is not enough: societal, individual, and biomedical assessments of well-being among the Matsigenka of the Peruvian Amazon. Social Science and Medicine 61: 767-783.

Rose, G. (1985). Sick Individuals and Sick Populations. International Journal of Epidemiology 14(1): 32-38.

2 Health Status Measurement (Emily Agree)

Levy, S. M. Multidimensional Assessment of the Older Patient. In J. J. Gallo & J. Busby-Whitehead & P. V. Rabins & R. A. Silliman & J. B. Murphy (Eds.), Reichel's Care of the Elderly: Clinical Aspects of Aging , Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins., 1999, pp. 20-38.

Robine, J-M, Romieu, I, Cambois, E. Health expectancy indicators. Bull WHO 1999; 77: 181-185.

3 Measurement and Use of Biomarkers in Population-Based Research (Christopher Seplaki)

McEwen, BS. Protective and damaging effects of stress mediators. New Eng J Med 1998; 338: 171-178.

Fried LP, CM Tangen, J Walston et al. 2001. Frailty in older adults: Evidence for a phenotype. The Journals of Gerontology: Medical Sciences. 56A(3): M146-M156.

4 Conceptual Frameworks: Applications to Child and Adult Health (Henry Mosley)

Mosley, WH and Chen, LC. An analytical framework for the study of child survival in developing countries. Pop and Dev Rev 1984; 10: Supplement 25-45. Reprinted in: Bull World Health Org 2003; 81: 140-145.

Evans, R. G., & Stoddart, G. L. (1990). Producing health, consuming health care. Soc Sci Med, 31 (12), 1347-1363.

5 Conceptual Frameworks: Applications to Reproductive Health (Henry Mosley)

Bongaarts, J. The fertility-inhibiting effects of the intermediate fertility variables. Studies in Family Planning 1982; 13: 79-89.

McCarthy, J and Maine , D. A framework for analyzing the determinants of maternal mortality. Studies in Family Planning 1992; 23: 23 -33.

Misra, DP, Guyer, B, Alston, A. Integrated perinatal health framework. A multiple determinants model with a life span approach. Am. J. Prev. Med. 2003; 25: 65-75.

6 Exploring Inequalities (Kristin Mmari)

Marmot, M., et al (1978). Employment Grade and Coronary Heart Disease in British Civil Servants. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health 32: 244-249.

Minkler, M., Fuller-Thomson, E., and Guralnik, J.M. Gradient of disability across the socioeconomic spectrum in the United States. New England Journal of Medicine 2006; 355: 695-703.

7 Multiple Determinants of Health: Race, Racism, and Health (Henry Mosley)

Geronimus, AT., Jones, B, et al. Excess mortality among blacks and whites in the United States. New Eng J Med 1996: 335: 1552 -1558.

Krieger, N. Does racism harm health? Did child abuse exist before 1962? On explicit questions, critical science, and current controversies: an ecosocial perspective. Am J Pub Hlth 2003; 93: 194-199

8 Multiple Determinants of Health: Sex and Gender (Henry Mosley)

Arnold , F, Choe, MK, Roy , TK. Son preference, the family-building process and child mortality in India. Pop Stud 1998; 52: 301-315.

Denton , M, Prus, S, Walters, V. Gender differences in health: a Canadian study of the psychosocial, structural and behavioral determinants of health. Soc Sci Med 2004; 58: 2585-2600.

9 Life Span Concepts: Demographic Transition and the Theory of Technophysio Evolution (Henry Mosley)

Fogel, R and Costa, DL. A theory of technophysio evolution, with some implications for forecasting population, health care costs and pension costs. Demography 1997; 34: 49-66.

10 Life Span Concepts: Developmental Origins of Adult Disease (Henry Mosley)

Barker DJP. The malnourished baby and infant. British Medical Bulletin . 2001;60:69-88.

Barker DJP. Developmental origins of adult health and disease; a glossary. J. Epidemiol. Community Health . 2004; 58:114-5

Barker DJP. The developmental origins of adult disease. European J. Epidem . 2003;18:733-36.

Ben-Shlomo Y and Kuh, D, A life course approach to chronic disease epidemiology: conceptual models, empirical challenges, and interdisciplinary perspectives. Int. J. Epidemiol . 2002; 31:285-293.

11 Linking Behaviors with Health and Disease (Kristin Mmari)

IOM (2001). Chapter 3: Behavioral Risk Factors. In: Health and Behavior: the Interplay of Biological, Behavioral, and Societal Influences . Washington DC : National Academy Press.

12 Behavior Change Theories (Kristin Mmari)

Chaney, D; Hunt, B., and Schulz, J. (2000). An Examination Using the Precede Model to Establish a Comprehensive Program to Prevent School Violence. American Journal of Health Studies 16(4): 199-204.

13 Culture, Health, and Behavior (Kristin Mmari)

James, D. (2004). Factors Influencing Food Choices, Dietary Intake, and Nutrition-Related Attitudes among African Americans: Application of a Culturally Sensitive Model. Ethnicity and Health 9(4): 349-367.