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The University of Southampton
Geography and Environmental Science

Moving Beyond Averages: Embracing Variation in Population Health. The 24th Annual Gregory Lecture Event

4 March 2016
Lecture Theatre A (room 1041), Building 44

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Event details

Much of the assessment of patterning and trends in population health tends to rely exclusively on presenting changes in means either for countries or for various population groups. Such a description seems appropriate provided the underlying distribution has remained unchanged. In this lecture, Professor Subramanian will illustrate with several examples why assessing population health changes solely through means can be problematic. Building on key examples, the lecture will conclude by the need to be more explicit about the targets of explanations (between-population and within-population) in population health.

Speaker information

Professor S V Subramanian,Harvard Chan School of Public Health.,S (“Subu”) V Subramanian is a Professor of Population Health and Geography at the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard Chan School of Public Health, and a senior core faculty member at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies. He is also the founding director for an interdisciplinary PhD program in Population Health Sciences that is currently being developed at Harvard University. Professor Subramanian received his under- and post-graduate training at the University of Delhi, and completed his PhD in Geography from the University of Portsmouth in 2000. He has published over 425 articles, book chapters and books in the field of social and contextual determinants of health, health inequalities in India with a special emphasis on nutritional inequalities among children and adults, and applied multilevel statistical models. Professor Subramanian was the first to develop a course on the concept and application of multilevel statistical methods at Harvard, which he teaches both at Harvard Chan and around the world. He has advised over 100 masters, doctoral and postdoctoral students as mentor, academic advisor and dissertation committee member. Professor Subramanian has served as a permanent member of the National Institutes of Health Community Influences on Health Behavior (CIHB) Study Section, and as reviewer for several national and international funding agencies. He is the Editor-in-Chief (along with Ichiro Kawachi) for the international journal Social Science & Medicine (SSM), in addition to be being a Senior Editor for the social epidemiology office of SSM, editorial consultant to The Lancet, international advisory board member for the Lancet Global Health, and academic editor to PLoS Medicine.

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