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Predoctoral trainee Iliya Gutin receives IAPHS Student Award

June 18, 2019

The award recognizes “work of notable quality, potential, and/or likely impact on the field completed by a student in the population health sciences.”

Iliya Gutin, a doctoral candidate in sociology and a predoctoral trainee at the Carolina Population Center, received the 2019 Student Award from the Interdisciplinary Association for Population Health Science (IAPHS).

Gutin’s current work focuses on the conceptualization, definition, and measurement of health, illness, and disease in medical and social research, and how these decisions influence what it means to be “healthy” in a highly-dynamic and stratified society. Specifically, his dissertation examines clinical, epidemiologic, and subjective ambiguity in our understanding of body weight as a health risk, and how we can better account for this uncertainty in studying population health.

Gutin says he hopes to continue this kind of work throughout his career, collaborating with health researchers across different disciplines and backgrounds to achieve closer and more meaningful linkages between the health concepts, issues, and disparities we are interested in and the measures we have access to our data.