Journal Club in Social Justice Epidemiology

The Journal Club, hosted by the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, brings together faculty, graduate students, postdocs, and staff across UCSF to promote scholarly dialogue and collaboration. The goal is to increase understanding of issues and contexts resulting in the difference in health quality between groups and how health varies based on resource distribution. Discussions focus on the political, social, and structural factors impacting health outcome distribution.


Our aim is to provide a stimulating learning environment for both faculty and students requiring minimal preparation time. All interested are welcome – no matter their knowledge level or ability to complete the readings!


Meetings are scheduled on the first Wednesday of the month from 12 to 1 pm for Fall 2020. All meetings for Fall 2020 will be held remotely on Zoom, with Winter/Spring 2021 format to be determined – pre-registration is encouraged, and Zoom information will be distributed upon registration. To join our listserv contact Chloe Eng at [email protected]


In the U.S., health and racism are inextricably linked. Racism and discrimination are deeply ingrained in our country’s history; rooted in the social, political, and economic systems and have continually harmed communities of color. For the 2020-2021 academic year, we will be focusing on topics related to racism, anti-Blackness, and racial discrimination.


Upcoming Session:


August 5, 2020: Effects of police violence on black community health and wellbeing



Main article:

Bor, J., Venkataramani, A.S., Williams, D.R. and Tsai, A.C., 2018. Police killings and their spillover effects on the mental health of black Americans: a population-based, quasi-experimental study. The Lancet, 392(10144), pp.302-310.


Supplementary material:

Edwards, F., Esposito, M.H. and Lee, H., 2018. Risk of police-involved death by race/ethnicity and place, United States, 2012–2018. American journal of public health, 108(9), pp.1241-1248.


Feldman, J.M., Gruskin, S., Coull, B.A. and Krieger, N., 2019. Police-Related Deaths and Neighborhood Economic and Racial/Ethnic Polarization, United States, 2015–2016. American journal of public health, 109(3), pp.458-464.


Geller, A., Fagan, J., Tyler, T. and Link, B.G., 2014. Aggressive policing and the mental health of young urban men. American journal of public health, 104(12), pp.2321-2327.


Future meetings:


September 2, 2020: Measuring structural racism for health research


October 7, 2020: Race, ethnicity, and medicine – the example of lung function


November 4, 2020: Historical redlining and neighborhood re-zoning


December 2, 2020: Race, incarceration, and homelessness


*We appreciate suggestions for session topics and content! Including popular media articles/videos to accompany journal articles.


The club provides opportunities for faculty and PhD students to:

  • Support scholarly literacy and increase exposure to considerations of race/ethnicity in public health research
  • Introduce and discuss new theoretical or methodological approaches for health disparities research
  • Expand understanding of broader substantive and methodological implications of current research for social justice

For questions, please contact any of the organizers:


Meghan Morris, PhD, [email protected]

Chloe Eng, MSPH, [email protected]

Pamela Murnane, PhD, [email protected]