Winter Quarter, 2020:

SPH 222, Social and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health.  (3 units, M/W 9-10).  In this class, we cover introductory concepts on social determinants of health.  We discuss canonical frameworks including the socioecological model, structural and institutional racism and Krieger’s model of discrimination and health, the WHO Commission on Social Determinants of Health, and Link and Phelan’s Fundamental Causes Theory. We review theoretical mechanisms, history and evidence base for relationships between individual, community and state  and policy factors and health.  *Due to space constraints, the MPH program is currently unable to accept non-MPH students into this course.


Fall 2020:

SPH 202, Public Health Issues in California’s Central Valley. (3 units, Th).  In this class, students are introduced to a variety of UCD researchers from multiple disciplines who are studying public health issues in California’s Central Valley.  Topics include  contributions of social and environmental factors  to specific health risks in the Valley, relevant literature, and study designs employed to address Valley health. The course also introduces students to conducting systematic literature searches and reviews of the literature. Required for PhD in Public Health. *Enrollment is primarily limited to PhD students in Public Health, but exceptions are possible for doctoral students in other programs at Dr. Ko’s discretion.


UC Davis School of Medicine: PRIME-REACH: Introduction to Health in the Central Valley; San Joaquin Valley Water and Agriculture: A Case Study of Social Determinants of Health; Current Developments in Healthcare Policy  and Relevance to Underserved Populations; Practice of Medicine in Underserved Areas

Guest lectures

MDS 415. Critical Evaluation of the Medical Literature. Faculty small group leader for Doctoring 1 and 2. Sessions: Medicaid Expansion.

PHS 190, Topics in Public Health. What Now? Update on the Healthcare Reform

SPH 273, Health Administration. (1) The Affordable Care Act. (2) Medicaid and the Safety Net.