Education and health disparities: a macro, not micro, phenomenon.


Journal Article

Numerous studies have identified associations between education and various health outcomes. Education and health are commonly measured at the individual level; proposed solutions are also often oriented toward altering the characteristics of persons. Better educating more individuals is frequently suggested. Here it is argued that macro-level processes produce the associations observed across these studies. The institutional context, it is proposed, is structured such that better health is among the rewards of higher education. Institutional changes that decouple this connection between education level and health chances may be better suited to reducing social disparities in health than approaches that promote changes in individuals.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Myers, DJ

Published Date

  • 2010

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 20 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 175 - 177

PubMed ID

  • 20621880

Pubmed Central ID

  • 20621880

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1048-2911

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.2190/NS.20.2.a


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States