The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the major social variables that affect population health.
Monica L. Wang, Sc.D., M.S. is a research fellow in the Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and an instructor in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Wang received both her doctoral and master’s degree in social and behavioral sciences with a concentration in maternal and child health from the Harvard School of Public Health. Since 2009, she has taught courses on the social and behavioral determinants of health at the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Wang served as an evaluation consultant for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the National Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning. In 2011, she was awarded the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship to support her work to reduce the sugar-sweetened beverage consumption through youth-led advocacy among high school youth in Boston. Her research includes addressing racial/ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in obesity and obesity-related conditions through community-engaged research, as well as the design, implementation, evaluation, and dissemination of culturally-appropriate and sustainable behavioral interventions that promote healthy eating and physical activity among underserved children and families.