Center Summary

The mission of the Center on Social Disparities in Health (CSDH) at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), is to address the need for better information—and more effective use of existing information—to guide efforts to eliminate social disparities in health in the United States and other countries. Since its inception in 2002 with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CSDH has focused on three main objectives: 

  • Conducting policy-relevant research and monitoring of social disparities in health, primarily but not exclusively in maternal and infant health, in collaboration with local, state, national, and international health agencies; 
  • Providing training and consultation in sound methods for studying social disparities in health; and 
  • Widely disseminating our own and related work to audiences including researchers, public health practitioners, policy-makers, philanthropic groups, and the public. 

CSDH researchers have conducted innovative descriptive, explanatory and methodologic research and ongoing monitoring of socioeconomic, racial/ethnic and other social disparities in health and health care.  While our research expertise is primarily epidemiologic, we often collaborate with others to expand the tools that can be brought to bear on important questions. By bringing together a critical mass of multi-disciplinary expertise, CSDH aims to provide policy-relevant knowledge to guide the reduction of inequalities in health among different social groups—particularly socioeconomic and racial or ethnic groups—in the United States and globally.