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SHM Subplan or Minor
Students have the opportunity to pursue either a Sociology of Health & Medicine subplan within the major or a Sociology of Health & Medicine minor:
- The SHM subplan is an optional part of the Sociology major.
- The SHM minor is a stand-alone academic minor.
Please Note: Students are not permitted to major in Sociology and minor in SHM. A student majoring in Sociology who is interested in SHM should pursue the SHM subplan.
What is SHM?
The Sociology of Health & Medicine program offers students a coherent curriculum that emphasizes the socio-demographic, cultural, political, and ethical contexts that underlie health behavior and health policy. The minor and subplan respond to a growing demand from pre-health undergraduates for a program in LSA that emphasizes the study of health and society. In addition, there is a growing recognition on the part of health educators that sociology should be a part of a well-rounded premedical curriculum.
For students interested in the following career paths:
- public policy
- health advocacy
- research on health & health inequality
- social work
Classes in the SHM program cover topics such as:
- health politics & policy
- health inequality
- population dynamics & problems
- gender & health
- aging, death and dying
- medical sociology