Social Issues in Health and Illness

Course Description

Employs ‘the sociological imagination’ to explore issues of health, illness and medical practice. It examines the social contexts of physical and mental health, illness and medical care and gives prominence to the debates and contrasting perspectives which characterize the field of medical sociology. Exploring the social, environmental, and occupational factors in health and disease, the development of health professions and the health care workforce, doctor patient relationships, the structure and processes of health care organizations, health care and social change, it is designed for students interested in the organization and analysis of health care in the U.S.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify and describe the basic concepts relating to practitioner-patient relationships.
  • Explain theoretical perspectives on health and illness behavior.
  • Analyze the structure of the U.S. health care industry.
  • Integrate and describe the role of individual, biological and social factors in health and illness.
  • Analyze broad trends in health, illness and health care delivery system.
  • Analyze basic quantitative research on health and illness.
  • Evaluate how cultures, institutions, and organizations influence individual beliefs and behaviors and patterns of social interaction and ultimately affect the physical and mental health of individuals and groups.


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