Date of Award

Spring 5-4-2021

Degree Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name

Master of Public Health (MPH)


Public Health

First Advisor

Dr. Harry Heiman

Second Advisor

Dr. Antonio Neri


The COVID-19 pandemic amplified existing socioeconomic inequities in the United States while often requiring access to broadband in all aspects of life. Currently, there are significant broadband coverage gaps in the United States, widening a digital divide and leaving many individuals at a disadvantage during a critical public health crisis and beyond. Given its widespread use, broadband access intersects with all the social determinants of health (SDOH), as either a bridge or a barrier. Thereby, barriers to broadband access are a major factor contributing to socioeconomic inequities. The goal of this capstone is to discuss the link between broadband access and SDOH, policies to increase broadband coverage, and the need to add broadband access as an all-encompassing element in the SDOH model.


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