Society, Gender and Health

Social, cultural and gender-related issues are central to effective disease control and achieving public health aims. The unit conducts research on gender and health, medical anthropology and cultural epidemiology, among others. These topics represent key aspects of the health social sciences and acknowledge the importance of gender as a critical determinant of health. Current gender and health research focuses on the impact of gynaecological working approaches on the health and agency of patients, sex and gender-related factors in the aetiology of respiratory and cardiovascular diseases, and cultural drivers and barriers affecting access to services for patients with HIV/AIDS. The medical anthropology research group has developed vulnerability and resilience models, including a multi-layered framework to guide research and build capacity to increase social capital and access to services in adverse urban and rural African settings. Our research in cultural epidemiology integrates quantitative and qualitative research methods to explain how illness-related experiences, meanings and behaviours affect vaccine acceptance, other aspects of infectious disease control, and essential features of mental health.

Research Groups

The unit consists of three research groups: