The University of Texas at Austin
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Social Inequality, Health & Policy Overview

The BDP in Social Inequality, Health, and Policy introduces students to the causes and consequences of the huge disparities in health, life expectancy, and medical care delivery that exist in the world today. Through the lenses of multiple disciplines, the BDP focuses on what national and local governments, as well as non-governmental organizations, can and should do to effectively reduce the most glaring health vulnerabilities. As part of the BDP, students will learn to investigate how large-scale demographic and social developments—including international migration, the growing numbers of refugees and internally displaced persons, changes in marriage and family patterns, and aging populations—affect nations’ population structures, the overall quality of life of their populations, and the evolution of their health care delivery systems.

Students in the Social Inequality, Health, and Policy BDP may choose to focus their coursework on one of five suggested pathways:

  • Family, Fertility, and the Life Course
  • Migration and Diaspora
  • Population Studies
  • Public Health
  • Social Inequality

To learn more about each strand, download the Social Inequality, Health and Policy Strand Descriptions (PDF).

An interdisciplinary faculty panel guides students in choosing courses and identifying research and internship experiences that allow them to explore population issues as they relate to their majors and career goals.