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Medical Sociology (Minor)

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The Medical Sociology minor is based on the growing recognition that health cannot be understood simply as a biological phenomenon, but also a social phenomenon, which means considering how social, cultural, political and economic factors influence individual and group health outcomes.    Medical Sociology challenges students to go beyond the biomedical model and take into account that social relations, such as class, gender, race, and other social categories shape health related behaviors and outcomes.  Students pursuing this minor are also challenged to explore the intricate relationship between social structure and health, including how the organization of various social institutions may differentially influence individual and group health outcomes.  This understanding is critical for the creation of an equitable healthcare system. Students pursuing the Medical Sociology minor should be well placed to pursue an interrogation of the social determinants of health and the broader structural factors that shape organizational structures used by health care providers; knowledge that is pertinent for the improvement of health care delivery and the development of community outreach programs.   

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Featured Courses

Required Courses (15 credits) SSC 255 Statistics for the Social Sciences SOCY 320 Sociology of Health and Illness (Medical Sociology) SOCY 321 Inequality and Society SSC 350 Interdisciplinary Research Methods SOCY 431 Advanced Research Methods for Social Scientists TWO Additional Courses in Sociology (6 credits) SOCY 105 Social Problems SOCY 131 Global Social Issues SOCY 202 Sociology of Religion SOCY 231 International Migration SOCY 261 Family and Society SOCY 323 Race and Racism in Society SOCY 327 Sociology of Mental Illness SOCY 333 Women and the Developing World SOCY 353 Sociology of Health Care and Religion SOCY 381 Understanding AIDS: Interdisciplinary Seminar

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Dr. E. Wairimu Mwangi, Assistant Professor of Sociology (program chair); Dr. Hans Momplaisir, Assistant Professor of Sociology; Sr. Mary Johnson, SND, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Religious Studies;

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