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International Centre for Health and Society
2004 Public Seminar Series, UCL

Monday 4 October 5.00pm (followed by drinks at 6pm)
RSVP attendance essential

Dr Tarani Chandola, UCL
'Pathways Between Education and Health'

The association between education and health has been consistently observed in a number of studies and countries- lower educational attainment is associated with poorer health status. So far, studies that have examined the mechanisms underlying this association have analysed only a limited set of potential pathways and have not taken into account the causal ordering between the pathways. This study examines the contribution of childhood factors (in terms of parental social class, cognitive ability and health) as well as adult factors (in terms of health behaviours, adult social class and the sense of control) in explaining the association between educational attainment and adult health. Data from six phases of the National Child Development Study (NCDS, 1958-1999) were analysed. The results suggest that improvements in the distribution of educational attainment in the population may not ‘directly' lead to improvements in population health. Policies aimed at improving adult population health and reducing social inequalities in health need to focus in on the causal pathways highlighted in this study.

Dr Chandola is a senior lecturer in medical sociology, working on the Whitehall II study, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, UCL and other longitudinal datasets.

The seminar will be held at ICHS, Dept of Epidemiology &Public Health, UCL, 1-19 Torrington Place,
London WC1E 6BT
E-mail: ichs@public-health.ucl.ac.uk
Tel: 020 7679 1708 Fax: 020 7813 0242
Drinks & snacks at 6pm after the seminar.
RSVP seminar attendance by 01/10/04
(indicating any special needs and for directions to the seminar room)



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