This course familiarizes the students with the basic concepts and terminologies used in employing a social epidemiological approach to the study of health and disease at the population level. It focuses on the social, cultural, economic, environmental and political contexts in which health is made or broken, and in which disease occurs. It emphasizes the use of multiple methods of data collection for the purpose of understanding population health needs and the means through which to work on fulfilling those needs. The course will also introduce students to qualitative methods of inquiry both theoretically and practically.