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Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
Department of Integrated Science and Technology
Michael L. Deaton
Georgia N.L.J. Polacek
David Keith McGraw
Diabetes is a chronic and persistent disease that is on the rise in the U.S. in spite of medical advances and current public health efforts to address it. There is a relationship between socioeconomic factors such as poverty and education and the risk of developing diabetes and the progression of the disease. A systems approach is employed to develop a dynamic hypothesis with a stock and flow model will uncover and analyze these relationships to gain a better understanding of the socioeconomic dynamics of diabetes. Social factors have a significant impact on health outcomes and their consideration is essential to developing policies that will help to reduce diabetes incidence.
Akins, Victoria, "System dynamics of diabetes in the presence of social determinants" (2010). Masters Theses. 413.