Field Description

Students in the Health and Illness research field study the effects of various types of factors on health outcomes. This is a complex topic. They might draw from anthropology to reveal cross-cultural variation in conceptions of well-being and health norms. From Demography, they may learn to investigate statistical variation in indicators of health and well-being; from Sociology, they might learn how  to understand the social determinants of health and illness; from Economics and Public Policy, students might learn to assess the incentive structure of different health care systems; from Public Health and in the College of Natural Resources, they might learn about the policy effectiveness of various public health campaigns; and from Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology, students might learn about the human body. Students may also be interested in philosophical and political questions about access to health care, and a society's responsibility to ensure the basic health of all its members.