Medical Sociology Minor (Minimum of 15 Credit Hours)
This minor is open to any student who is not already majoring in Sociology. It is
especially tailored to students pursuing careers in health care who are interested
in learning about how to better understand the broad patient population which they
will experience, while improving the health of others by better appreciating how health
and illness are experienced in society. Specifically, students will learn about how
things like gender, race, class, ability, sexual orientation, and educational attainment
– among other factors – result in differential access to and quality of health care.
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The consequences of disability can have an impact at many levels. The effects of disability(personal,interpersonal
and cultural)have significant implications for persons with disabilities,rehabilitation
workers and the rehabilitation system. This course will analyze the effects of disability
within a sociology framework.
This course will explore how socioeconomic status, place, race, and ethnicity affect
health disparities; how these characteristics play out in a case study; the implications
of these disparities on society as a whole; effective strategies for limiting health
disparities; and how local community members are utilizing these strategies to promote
This is a critical survey and analysis of theory and research on health institutions
in modern society as well as social etiology of disease,sociological components in
treatment,hospital organization and medical practice and sociology of medical education.
This course focuses on social epidemiology,the factors determining the occurrence
and distribution of disease,health defects,disability and death among groups. The
interdisciplinary nature of epidemiological theory,statistical measures commonly used,and
an analysis of the distribution of health care in the United States are studied.