The Social Sciences and Population Studies (SSPA & SSPB) Study Section reviews social, behavioral, and economic applications focused on health and well-being across the life course, health disparities, demographic processes, and economic and policy influences on health. Most studies involve large population samples. Research approaches may include quantitative studies; cross-sectional, longitudinal, or cohort comparison designs; experimental and quasi-experimental designs; data collection efforts; life course studies; and domestic, international, or cross-national studies. Disciplines commonly represented include sociology, social epidemiology, demography, economics, public health, geography, and human development and family studies.
- Morbidity, mortality, and health over the life course, including health disparities
- Population composition and changes in composition, such as population aging, race/ethnicity, household and family structure, economic status and inequality, and family relationships.
- Health and labor economics and policy, including intergenerational exchanges, labor force and retirement influences on health, and income security of population segments such as children or elderly persons.
- Patterns and population-level determinants of obesity and risk behaviors, including substance use and deviance, as well as state and national policies related to these behaviors.
- Population-level reproductive health and behavior, including studies of contraceptive use and sexual behavior, fertility and infertility, and birth spacing, timing and intentions.
- Population movement, including migration of people within and across national boundaries.
Shared Interests and Overlaps
Community Influences on Health Behavior (CIHB): Applications focusing on population-level data and large public use datasets are typically assigned to SSPA/SSPB. Applications focusing on community-level data and using qualitative and mixed methods are typically assigned to CIHB.
Infectious Diseases, Reproductive Health, Asthma and Pulmonary Conditions (IRAP): Applications focusing on population-level reproductive health, such as fertility patterns or social determinants of contraceptive use and childbearing, are typically assigned to SSPA/SSPB. Epidemiological studies related to the biological and clinical aspects of reproductive health are typically assigned to IRAP.
Addiction Risks and Mechanisms Study Section (ARM): Studies of population-level determinants of substance use are typically assigned to SSPA/SSPB. Applications focusing on individual-level determinants of substance use are typically assigned to ARM.
Health Disparities and Equity Promotion Study Section (HDEP): Applications focusing on population-level determinants of health disparities are typically assigned to SSPA/B. Applications focusing on individual-level predictors or health services factors are typically assigned to HDEP.
Health Services Organization and Delivery (HSOD): Social, behavioral and economic applications focused on health and well-being across the life course, health disparities, demographic processes, and economic outcomes. are assigned to SSPA/B. Applications focused on organizational or provider outcomes, quality of care delivery, healthcare organization performance; clinician and hospital performance; healthcare provider and health care system characteristics, are assigned to HSOD.