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Social Medicine

Making a local and global impact

The Department of Social Medicine is an interdisciplinary department comprised of social scientists, humanities scholars and physicians. We study the dynamic interplay of people, culture, the environment and their impact on health care delivery and health outcomes. Our teaching, research and service inform medical students, health professionals and the public about factors affecting clinical decision making, the social responsibilities of health care providers, the social determinants of health and illness, and health policy and politics.

 

Chair, Nagesh Rao 

Email: rao@ohio.edu

Phone: 740.593.2409

 

Associate Chair, Joe Bianco

Email: bianco@ohio.edu

Phone: 740.593.2130

 

Administrative Specialist, Cassie Tritipo 

Email: tritipo@ohio.edu

Phone: 740.593.4694

Our Expertise

Our department has active research and teaching expertise in the following areas:

  • Biostatistics
  • Clinical prevention and population health 
  • Cultural competence and health care
  • Epidemiology of diabetes and cardiovascular disease
  • Evidence-based medicine
  • Gerontology and geriatrics
  • Global warming, climate change and health
  • Health in Appalachia
  • Health policy
  • International health and medicine
  • Maternal and child health
  • Medical decision making
  • Medical ethics
  • Reproductive health
  • Stress, nutrition and aging
  • Sustainability and urban environments

Our Disciplines

Our faculty's disciplines include:

  • Biological anthropology
  • Biostatistics
  • Epidemiology
  • Experimental psychology
  • Family studies
  • Health psychology
  • History of medicine
  • Interpersonal communication
  • Pediatrics
  • Social psychology

Global Health Initiative

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Students, faculty and staff experience impactful research, education and outreach activities abroad and in immigrant communities in the U.S. to truly understand global health issues and increase multicultural awareness.

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Our Faculty

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Discover the diverse research topics and current projects conducted by our faculty.

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Social Medicine

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From our mission to teaching topics to employment opportunities, you’ll find it all here.

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Tuesday, September 27 Pediatrics - Project Linus 7:00 PM — 9:00 PM Medical Education Center (MEC)

Wednesday, September 28 Pomeroy Primary Care Clinic 9:00 AM — 3:00 PM Powell's Food Fair

Wednesday, September 28 Psychology/Neurology Club - Introductory meeting/mindfulness with Dr. Graham 12:00 PM — 12:50 PM Medical Education Center (MEC)

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