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2017-2018 Catalog and Handbook 
2017-2018 Catalog and Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

SOC 407 - Sociology of Health and Medicine (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: None
This course examines current issues in health, healing, and medicine from a sociological perspective. Students will use the sociological imagination to develop a deeper understanding of patterned relationships among social, cultural, political, organizational and economic contexts and individual health/illness definitions and outcomes. Course assignments will engage students in empirical analysis and critical thinking about connections between demographic characteristics such as race, ethnicity, education and income, and health-related outcomes such as stress, health education, health maintenance, and chronic diseases. Student projects will evaluate the impact of social policies and/or of technologies on environmental factors, health education and health care delivery within broader institutional systems.