LSA offers many options for students wishing to explore the social and cultural issues attendant to health and medicine. Please consider these programs, before proposing a health-realted individualized major.
Medical Anthropology (minor)
Focuses on "the social basis of illness and healing from different cultural perspectives. The minor might be elected by students interested in client-practitioner interactions, traditional and complementary medicine, the production of medical knowledge, body politics, bioethics, and reproductive health, among other topics. It might also be relevant for those students interested in adding anthropological perspective to their preparation for a career in medicine, public health, or other health sciences."
Gender and Health (major)
"The major offers a critical, feminist analysis of research, practice, and policies concerning gender and health. Specifically, the major allow students to examine the intersections of social categories, such as gender, race / ethnicity, social class, and sexuality, with conceptualizations of health, healthcare delivery, and health-related policies."
Gender and Health (minor)
Focuses on "gender and health across a variety of disciplinary perspectives. At the same time, this minor is designed to focus students' studies of gender and health from a feminist perspective. The minor provides an opportunity for students to develop their skills in critical analysis as they explore how the social category of gender and conceptualizations of health, health care and health policy intersect."
History of Medicine and Health (minor)
Examines historical events which provide insight "into the issues of contemporary importance, be they the global response to Ebola or the politics of health care... Courses will help students develop the empathy to envision past perspectives and experiences, and the ability to understand that current medical facts have changed and will continue to change."
Science, Technology, and Society (minor)
The Sustainability minor, "although dealing directly and intimately with environmental issues, has as its core goal the development of systems of human behavior to enable both current and future generations to maintain a quality of life that is both productive and pleasing." The minor allows students with interests in environmental problems to combine subject area courses with fieldwork courses, culminating in a capstone course.
Biological Anthropology (minor)
Sociology of Health and Medicine (Minor)
"The Sociology of Health and Medicine Minor emphasizes the socio-demographic, cultural, political, and ethical contexts that underlie health behavior and health policy. A wide variety of courses will explore the sociology of sexuality, sex, and the body, national and global health inequalities, and specialized topics in such areas as bioethics, the sociology of HIV/AIDS, and the sociology of death & dying."