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Sociology of Health & Medicine Subplan

SHM Subplan Requirements

Students have the option of adding a subplan in Sociology of Health & Medicine to their Sociology major. Courses in the SHM subplan offer students a coherent curriculum that emphasizes the socio-demographic, cultural, political, and ethical dimensions of health behavior and health policy. 


  • To have a notation of the subplan completion appear on your transcript, you must declare the subplan and successfully complete a minimum of 12 credit hours from the list of approved courses.
  • A minimum of eight credits must be elected in the SHM subplan at the 300-level or above (excluding prerequisite).

List of approved SHM subplan courses:

  • SOC 207: Sociology of Suffering                      
  • SOC 225: Project Community-Public Health sections
  • SOC 230: Health & Population in South Africa
  • SOC 330: Population Problems
  • SOC 345: Sociology of Sexuality
  • SOC 346: Sociology of the Body
  • SOC 430: World Population Dynamics            
  • SOC 445: Diagnosis, Sex, & Society
  • SOC 475: Health, Medicine, & Society
  • SOC 476: Sociology of Bioethics 
  • SOC 477: Death & Dying                     
  • appropriate topics in SOC 295, 394 (SURO), 395 (Independent Study), 396 (Internship), or 495


A maximum of six credits for the SHM sub plan may come from Experiential Learning or Independent Study style courses. Students with a subplan in Sociology of Health & Medicine are not permitted to also elect a minor in Sociology of Health & Medicine.


Current Term Sociology Subplan Courses