University of Washington School of Public Health

Workgroup on Social Determinants of Health


Dear SPH Students,

Welcome to the 2017 – 2018 academic year! We are excited to announce a new faculty-supported SPH student group, the Workgroup on Social Determinants of Health.

Students interested in learning more about the Social Determinants of Health (SDoH), expanding their research or actively doing research encompassing the SDoH are welcome to attend. This is an opportunity to learn more about specific SDoH topics, present work in progress (thesis or dissertation), read and discuss new and important journal articles and meet students from different SPH departments who share your interests. Considering the breadth of the SDoH, a wide variety of topics will be discussed in terms of their connections to health. Topics may include: income, education, work, neighborhood deprivation, crime, social support, racism/discrimination, inequality and social and health policies. SPH faculty will be at each meeting to guide and discuss student chosen topics.

Our first meeting will be on Thursday October 19 2017 at 12.30 to 1.30 PM in room F-349 (the Epi conference room), snacks will be provided. We will meet monthly after that during the academic year.

If you are interested in getting on the listserv to stay informed about upcoming meetings sign up here: For more information contact Anjum Hajat (

Hope to see you there!

Anjum Hajat, Assistant Professor Epidemiology

Jessie Jones-Smith, Associate Professor Epidemiology & Health Services

India Ornelas, Associate Professor Health Services

Ali Rowhani, Associate Professor Epidemiology

Noah Seixas, Professor Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences

Emily Williams, Associate Professor Health Services