Good Fall 2015 class for pre-med students

HPPLC informs us: The sociology department is offering a very helpful course for any student preparing for the MCAT or for medical school.  This course is relevant for any student thinking about a career in healthcare.


SOC-S 365 Social Foundations of Behavior: Applications for Health Settings

 3 credits; carries COLL (CASE) S&H Breadth of Inquiry credit

Meets 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Tues/Thurs in Fall 2015

SOC-S 365 is an introduction to foundational social theories and concepts through the lens of health, healing, and medicine. Social science perspectives on health disparities across populations, how health and disease are defined and managed, and cultural experiences of illness provide a window into broader understandings of social life. The course will focus on four major social theories – social constructionism, symbolic interactionism, conflict theory, and functionalism. We will use these theoretical foundations and related core concepts to explore topics like physician-patient interaction and the social organization and distribution of health care. S365 is ideal for students with career aspirations in medicine, nursing, or other health professions, and covers the sociology content included on the MCAT exam. This course also provides a critical foundation for those interested in learning about population health from the point of view of social science.