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Fernando De Maio

  • Affiliated Faculty
  • PhD

  • Sociology; Public Health
  • Faculty
  • ​Associate Professor of Sociology, Director of Center for Community Health Equity​
  • 773-325-4431
  • 990 West Fullerton Avenue, 1108

Fernando De Maio is an associate professor of sociology. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in medical sociology and data analysis. He also offers a course in global health through the Master of Public Health program. He received his BA (Honors) in Sociology and Economics from the University of Toronto. His MA (Sociology & Health Studies) as well as PhD degrees are from the University of Essex. Prior to coming to DePaul, he taught for five years at Simon Fraser University in Canada.    His research interests lie primarily within medical sociology. He is interested in how macro-level social factors influence patterns of health. In other words, how ill health one of the most personal of all personal troubles is influenced by larger public issues. Much of his work has focused on the income inequality hypothesis. He is currently working on a number of studies of the social determinants of health in the Southern Cone of Latin America. Much of that work involves collaboration with colleagues at Argentina's Ministry of Health. De Maio also has ongoing projects on the health transitions of immigrants, the burden of chronic non-communicable diseases, and the sociology of neglected tropical diseases such as Chagas. His work appears in a wide range of journals, including Critical Public Health, Global Public Health, the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, the International Journal for Equity in Health, Health Sociology Review, the American Journal of Public Health, and the International Journal of Epidemiology.

Research Interests

Medical sociology, including:
  • Health inequities
  • Social determinants of health
  • Chronic non-communicable diseases in Latin America
  • Sociology of neglected infectious diseases (Chagas)
  • Health transitions of immigrants
  • Discrimination

Latin American studies - Argentina and Venezuela

Statistics education research


De Maio, F. G. (2014). Global Health Inequities: A Sociological Perspective.  Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

De Maio, F. G. (2010). Health & Social Theory.  Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.