Socio-economic inequality in health - Online (join a waiting list)
09/06/2022 - 10/06/2022
NCRM, University of Southampton
Dr Apostolos Davillas
Intermediate (some prior knowledge)
Training and Capacity Building Coordinator, National Centre for Research Methods, University of Southampton
Economists (and more broadly social scientists) are increasingly focusing on the measurement and causes of inequality in health. This reflects the concern that health inequality reflects social injustices, and it is also in response to the trend away from a narrow focus on income inequality to broader inequality in wellbeing analysis.
This one-and-a-half-day course aims to postgraduate researchers and analysts interested in the quantitative analysis of inequity and (socio-economic and regional) inequality in health. This consists of lectures and practical sessions on measurement and interpretation of inequity and inequality in health and health care. Specifically, this course provides a gentle introduction to the concept of inequity, socio-economic inequality, and inequality of opportunity in health, i.e., the “egalitarian” framework that does not necessarily indicate equality of the distribution of outcomes per se but emphasises the role of individual responsibility in defining a “fair” distribution of health in the society.
Recent advances in the survey measurement of health in the context of large-scale social science surveys allow us to access and collect physical measurements and markers derived from biological samples, in addition to self-reported health assessments. Measurement error in self-reported health data may significantly affect and contaminate the measurement of socio-economic inequality in health when relying on self-reported health measures. We will draw conclusions on the potential implications of measurement error in self-reported health measures for research in inequalities in health.
We will also provide some practical sessions and illustrative examples on the measurement of inequality in health using subjective and more objectively measured health indicators.
The course covers:
• A gentle introduction to inequity and socio-economic (and regional) inequality in health and health care
• A number of approaches (employed by economists, social scientists and bio-social researchers) on the measurement of socio-economic inequality in health and healthcare
• The concept of inequality of opportunity in health
• Measurement of inequality and inequality of opportunity in health
• Measurement error in self-reported health data and its potential implications for the socio-economic inequality in health research that relies on self-reported health.
• Practical sessions and illustrative examples on the measurement of health inequality
By the end of the course participants will:
- be able to understand several approaches (employed by economists, social scientists and bio-social researchers) on the measurement of inequity and socio-economic inequality in health and healthcare
- be comfortable in computing health inequality measures using Stata
- understand the concept of inequality of opportunity in health and its measurement via practical sessions in Stata
- have the theoretical and practical knowledge to conduct basic research into health inequalities.
This course is aimed at postgraduate researchers and analysts interested in the measurement of socio-economic inequality in health and health care, including (but not limited to): Academics, Government Researchers, Third sector organisations and (Health) Consultancy analysts.
THE COURSE IS 1.5 DAYS LONG FOR PAYMENT PURPOSES (£45, £90 and £150).
The fee per teaching day is: • £30 per day for students registered at University. • £60 per day for staff at academic institutions, Research Councils researchers, public sector staff and staff at registered charity organisations and recognised research institutions. • £100 per day for all other participants In the event of cancellation by the delegate a full refund of the course fee is available up to two weeks prior to the course. NO refunds are available after this date. If it is no longer possible to run a course due to circumstances beyond its control, NCRM reserves the right to cancel the course at its sole discretion at any time prior to the event. In this event every effort will be made to reschedule the course. If this is not possible or the new date is inconvenient a full refund of the course fee will be given. NCRM shall not be liable for any costs, losses or expenses that may be incurred as a result of its cancellation of a course, including but not limited to any travel or accommodation costs. The University of Southampton’s Online Store T&Cs also continue to apply.
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Quantitative Data Handling and Data Analysis, Measurement of health inequality, inequality of opportunity, micro-econometrics, health economics, survey measurement of health, biomarkers
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