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Health and Society

The Health and Society bachelor's degree program explores multiple perspectives on health, health care, and related systems and policies. You will engage in a critical analysis of the factors that impact the health and health behaviors of diverse populations, the provision of health care, and the formulation of health-related policy. 

Through the program, you will:

  • understand how systemic inequalities affect health outcomes
  • learn how theoretical frameworks and research from multiple disciplines can be used to find innovative solutions to health-related problems
  • demonstrate an understanding of the organization and efficacy of health care systems and policies
  • develop basic skills in qualitative and quantitative social scientific research methods 
  • utilize effective oral and written modes of communicating health-related issues to diverse audiences

To satisfy the requirements for the BA in Health and Society, students must complete a total of 120 credit hours of instruction. Students will be required to take 36 credits in the major:

  • Intro to Health and Society, a foundational course
  • 6 elective courses
  • 2 general electives

Course descriptions, schedules and requirements

Student success

Health & Society major Gabriel Johnson pictured in the amphitheater
Gabriel Johnson '24: Making a difference

Health & society major finds passion working towards a future that benefits all.

Career preparation

Our interdisciplinary program prepares students for careers and graduate study in a wide range of health-related fields including:

  • allied health services and human services
  • health and public policy
  • medical anthropology
  • medical sociology
  • public health education and public health research
  • social services
  • sociology of medicine

Health and Society faculty

Kristen McHenry
Kristen McHenry, PhD
Kristen McHenry
Kristen McHenry, PhD
Michelle Cheyne
Michelle Cheyne, PhD
Megan Fletcher
Megan Fletcher, PhD
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