SPH Brown Bag Research Presentation: Spirituality/Religion as Sociocultural Determinants of Population Health: Evidence, Implications, and Berkeley’s New Traineeship

Seminar | February 26 | 12-1 p.m. | 5101 Berkeley Way West

 Douglas Oman, Associate Adjunct Professor, School of Public Health

 Public Health, School of

This talk offers a friendly introduction to an emerging field: Compelling empirical evidence demonstrates that spirituality and religion are sociocultural determinants of population health, as documented in several dozen meta-analyses and more than 100 systematic reviews. This talk sketches some contours and highlights of this evidence, as well as its implications for public health teaching and practice. We also describe the SPH faculty role in producing the recently-published 28-chapter, 494-page book Why Religion and Spirituality Matter for Public Health: Evidence, Implications, and Resources (Oman, 2018, ed., https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-73966-3), which contains contributions by the speaker as well as numerous UC Berkeley SPH faculty across diverse subfields ranging from infectious diseases to health policy and management. The talk will also sketch the recent UC Berkeley launch of a graduate student traineeship in Spirituality and Public Health, and provide highlights from national surveys of public health deans and graduate students about the perceived importance and needs for teaching about these influential but sometimes overlooked population health determinants.