Winter Quarter, 2021: (Winter 2022 will new IORs)

SPH 222, Social and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health.  (3 units, virtual).  In this class, we cover introductory concepts on social structural determinants of health.  We discuss canonical frameworks including the understanding pathways of structural and institutional racism impact public health, the socioecological model,  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.  Topics include: multiple conceptualizations of racism and colorism, sexism, heterosexism, gender binarism, intersectionality, immigration and migration, housing and built environment, education, wealth and income, labor,  law enforcement, incarceration. *Due to space constraints, the MPH program is currently unable to accept non-MPH students into this course.


Fall 2021:

SPH 202, Public Health Issues in California’s Central Valley. (3 units, Th).  In this class, students are introduced to topics on specific Valley health issues, including: economic, social and land use historical factors that contribute to present day health concerns, drinking water access, heat, occupy, occupational health, air quality, chronic disease and poverty,  environmental contamination,  incarceration industry, racism and immigration policy, and healthcare policy. Students also have the opportunity to meet  UCD researchers from multiple disciplines who are studying public health issues in California’s Central Valley.  The course also introduces students to conducting  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: Community Health Scholars: guest lectures on social determinants of health, health policy, using public health data.

Past classes for REACH-PRIME: 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 and healthcare reform. (2) Medicaid and the Safety Net.

SPH 214, Developing theoretical and conceptual frameworks for research

HDE 135. Structural racism and health; Structural racism and aging