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Social Determinants of Health

May Sudhinaraset

Dr. May Sudhinaraset, PhD is Assistant Professor in Community Health Sciences in the School of Public Health at UCLA. She is trained as a social epidemiologist from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her research focuses on understanding the social determinants of migrant, adolescent, and women’s health both globally and in the US.

Randall Kuhn

Randall Kuhn (Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 1999) is a demographer and sociologist who employs a wide array of research methods and data to study the social determinants of health, health program evaluation, and the health-development nexus. He has conducted seminal research on the impacts of migration on health. In Bangladesh, he leads a 35-year evaluation of the effects of randomized child and reproductive health interventions on health and socioeconomic change across generations.

Akihiro Nishi

Akihiro Nishi is an Assistant Professor in Department of Epidemiology. He is a social epidemiologist and experimental social scientist specialized in social network and behavioral intervention. His current areas of research include improving economic inequality and well-being inequality in online social networks (e.g.

Hiram Beltrán-Sánchez

Dr. Beltrán-Sánchez’s research focuses on the demography of health and aging. He has written on health patterns and trends in low- and middle-income countries; on aging in high-income countries including issues about compression of morbidity; on the links between early life experiences and late life outcomes; as well as on biomarker data from Mexico to study physiological patterns of health and their link with sociodemographic factors.

James A. Macinko

James Macinko

James Macinko is Professor of Health Policy and Management and Community Health Sciences. He is a health services researcher specializing in global health and health policy analysis.

Jody Heymann

Dean Jody Heymann

Jody Heymann, MD, PhD is the Dean of the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. Dean Heymann works with faculty, staff, students and FSPH community leaders to expand the school’s partnerships with communities in the U.S. and globally, advance efforts focused on reducing health disparities and increasing inclusion, and improving the spread and effectiveness of translating research to impact.

Richard G. Wight

Richard G. Wight, PhD, MPH is a Researcher in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. His research focuses on stress and health experiences of individuals vis-à-vis the people and places around them and the social and historical contexts within which they live.

May C. Wang

Wang, Dr.P.H

Dr. May Wang joined the faculty as associate professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences in 2008. She received an undergraduate degree from the National University of Singapore, a master's degree in nutritional science from the University of Texas at Austin, and master's and doctorate degrees in public health from the University of California at Berkeley. After obtaining her doctorate degree, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University School of Medicine where she was trained in the emerging field of pediatric bone health research.

Steven P. Wallace

Steven P. Wallace, PhD, is the chair and professor of the Department of Community Health Sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and an associate director at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research (Center). Wallace is a leading national scholar in the area of aging in communities of color. He has published research on access to long-term care by diverse elderly groups, disparities in the consequences of health policy changes on racial/ethnic minority elderly, and the politics of aging.

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