J Epidemiol Community Health 58:971-975 doi:10.1136/jech.2003.014530
  • Continuing professional education

A glossary of terms for navigating the field of social network analysis

  1. Penelope Hawe1,
  2. Cynthia Webster2,
  3. Alan Shiell1
  1. 1Department of Community Health Sciences, University of Calgary, Canada and School of Public Health, La Trobe University, Australia
  2. 2School of Marketing, University of New South Wales, Australia
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr P Hawe
 Department of Community Health Sciences, University of Calgary, 3330 Hospital Drive NW, Calgary, Alberta T2N 4N1, Canada;
  • Accepted 19 January 2004


Social network analysis is the study of social structure. This glossary introduces basic concepts in social network analysis. It is designed to help researchers to be more discriminating in their thinking and choice of methods.