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Boardman, Jason D



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  • My work attempts to build inroads between social epidemiology and genetic epidemiology. I am interested in the social structures that limit or enable genetic factors to influence health related behaviors. I am primarily interested in normative and institutional factors that clarify the extent to which genes may be influencing health and health behaviors.


  • Social and genetic epidemiology


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  • SOCY 2061 - Introduction to Social Statistics
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019 / Fall 2020 / Fall 2023
    Introduces students to quantitative analysis of social phenomena. Emphasizes understanding and proper interpretation of graphs; measures of central tendency, dispersion, and association; and the concept of statistical significance. Assumes students have only limited mathematical background.
  • SOCY 3032 - Social Epidemiology
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2021
    Introduces students to social epidemiology. Identifies how social structures, institutions, norms, relationships, and neighborhood context affect health. Particular attention is paid to ways in which economic inequality, racism, and gender discrimination increase groups' risk of exposure to factors that undermine health.
  • SOCY 5111 - Data 1: Introduction to Social Statistics
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2020 / Spring 2021 / Spring 2023
    Introduces statistical analysis in the social sciences. Introduces basic techniques of inferential statistics and several bivariate statistical techniques including t-test for the difference in means, chi-square independence, analysis of variance (ANOVA), correlation, and simple regression (OLS). Prepares students for the required course on multivariate regression techniques (Data 2).
  • SOCY 6111 - Data 2: Data Analysis
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2021
    Introduces students to mainstream multivariate regression techniques used in the social sciences. The majority of the course focuses on the Ordinary Least Square model and on the extension of this model to nominal, ordinal and count dependent variables. Students analyze data of their choosing with statistical software packages including SPSS, SAS, and STATA. Department prerequisite: SOCY 5111 or equivalent.
  • SOCY 7141 - Third-year Paper Seminar
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2021
    Guides graduate students through the creation of the required third-year paper and helps establish productive writing habits. Includes assigned readings, discussion, peer review, and specific tasks related to scholarly writing. Students will revise and defend the paper during the semester following the seminar. Department enforced prereqs., SOCY 5111 and SOCY 5201.


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