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Elaine Hernandez

Department of Sociology

Expert Bio

Elaine Hernandez is an assistant professor of medical sociology with interdisciplinary training in public health and health demography at IU Bloomington. She teaches courses related to the sociology of health and illness, including courses that help prepare premedical students for the revised medical college admission test.

She received her MPH in public health and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Minnesota. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Texas Population Research Center. Her research addresses the structural forces that contribute to the formation and reproduction of social inequalities in health in order to prevent or alleviate them.

Areas of Expertise

Medical sociology, health demography, health disparities/inequalities, health behaviors, social relationships/social networks and health, the effect of the 1918 influenza pandemic on maternal/child health.

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