SOCI4362 Sociology of Health and Illness

Course Description

Social and cultural factors associated with the definition, occurrence, and experience of health and illness. An examination of the social determinants that affect the etiology and distribution of illness and the social organization of the medical profession and the hospital.

Course Credits: 3

Prerequisites: SOCI1301

Student Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student will be able to:

  • Create a profile example of social determinants of health and well-being in society;
  • Classify how socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, environment, and religion inform health disparities within U.S. society;
  • Discuss the importance of micro and macro sociological approaches to understanding health & illness;
  • Differentiate how major sociological theories and perspectives inform our understanding of health disparities and health care systems;
  • Identify sociological concepts, such as stigma and illness narratives, regarding how they relate as social psychological contributors to health;
  • Carry out academic reading and writing in the fields of social epidemiology and medical sociology;
  • Recognize examples of global health disparities.