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Sociology of Health and Medicine Minor & Sub-major

SHM Submajor or Minor

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 submajor 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. 


Students have the opportunity to pursue either a Sociology of Health & Medicine submajor or a Sociology of Health & Medicine minor:

  • The SHM submajor is an optional part of the Sociology major.
  • The SHM minor is a stand-alone academic minor. 


Keep an eye out in our Major/Minor Newsletter for subplan-specific Speakers Series events!


For students interested in career paths such as:

  • Medicine
  • Public policy
  • Health advocacy
  • Research on health & health inequality
  • Social work


Classes in the SHM program cover these topics:

  • Health politics & policy
  • Health inequality
  • Population dynamics & problems
  • Gender & health
  • Aging, death and dying
  • Bioethics
  • Medical sociology