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In medicine, diseases are generally approached as distinct entities, in isolation from other diseases ánd the social contexts in which the disease occurs. However, in disadvantaged populations accumulations of risk factors intertwine with complex social problems leading to excessive burdens of disease and interventions with poor effectiveness.
For that reason, alternative approaches are needed that do not separate diseases from the contexts of inequality and health disparity in which they develop. The simultaneous presence of more than one disease is not treated as co-morbidity; a syndemic approach pays attention to the forces that tie afflictions together.
This course will learn you about the concept of syndemcs and how to explore these combined medical and social problems. It will cover different research methods (quantitative, qualitative and mixed-method research) that can be used in studying syndemics.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
- What syndemics is and how it was developed.
- How to quantitatively identify if health and social conditions cluster and whether an interaction leads to a higher burden of disease than expected.
- How qualitative research can be used to explore syndemics.
- How you can combine qualitative approaches with quantitative research methods to gain a more comprehensive understanding of a syndemic.
Welcome to Leiden University
Welcome to Population Health: Syndemics! In this module you will get acquainted with the terminology used in this course, and gain an overview over the field of syndemics.
Interaction in Syndemics
In this module you will learn about how to assess whether health conditions and social conditions cluster and interact in a person or a population.
Context in Syndemics
This module introduces you to qualitative research. Qualitative methods will help you study the social conditions that shape a syndemic.
This is the last module of Syndemics. You will be introduced to how to combine quantitative, qualitative and mixed-method research when studying a syndemic.