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Social scientists (e.g. medical anthropologists, health economists, social epidemiologists, medical geographers, health policy analysts, health psychologists, medical sociologists) interested in health, illness, and health care; and health-related policy makers and health care professionals (e.g. dentists, epidemiologists, health educators, lawyers, managers, nurses, midwives, pharmacists, physicians, public health practitioners, psychiatrists, surgeons) interested in the contribution of the social sciences.

Commenced publication 1978

Journal Issue Dispatch Dates
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VolumeIssueDispatch Date
158127 May 2016
15913 June 2016
160122 June 2016
16114 July 2016
162127 July 2016
163111 August 2016
164119 August 2016
16516 September 2016
166123 September 2016
167128 September 2016
168117 October 2016
169125 October 2016
170118 November 2016
171129 November 2016
172110 January 2017
173117 January 2017
174126 January 2017
175113 February 2017
176123 February 2017
17718 March 2017
178121 March 2017
17914 April 2017
180113 April 2017
181128 April 2017
182116 May 2017