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Enhancing the health and quality of life for individuals and communities are central goals to societies the world over. Medical sociology is a subfield devoted to the study of population health, health care systems and policy, and the social dimensions of illness and healing. Medical sociologists study the causes of health inequalities, social constructions of health and illness, origins of medical authority, doctor-patient relationships, community influences on health, and the social forces that affect policy. The Sociology Department’s Sociology of Health and Medicine Certificate provides training in the core research methodologies and theories of medical sociology, examining individual experience, institutional structures, laws and policies that affect health, and broader systems of inequality that lead to unequal rates of illness and access to care. This certificate provides depth of training in these areas and is ideal for students interested in graduate-level study and social research on health and medicine as well as those interested in careers in public health, health care services, and non-profit organizations.
Upon successful completion of the certificate, students will:
- Articulate the central explanations for historical shifts in disease, including neighborhood effects and behaviors that may increase the risk of disease and mortality
- Identify social factors that contribute to population health inequalities, including race, ethnicity, gender, class, immigration status, sexuality, or disability
- Understand the social influences that shape medical authority, knowledge, and patient experiences with illness and treatment
- Be able to use different methodologies to understand the social aspects of health and medicine
- Know how to conduct original research, analyze policy, and evaluate community needs for organizations devoted to improving population health
This is an on-campus or online program.
Declaring This Certificate
- Eligibility: While housed in Sociology, the study of health and medical issues is in fact a multidisciplinary field that draws from diverse liberal arts fields, including Anthropology, Communications, Psychology, and History, among others. Thus, CU Denver undergraduate students in any discipline can enroll in the certificate program. This certificate is also available to non-degree-seeking students who already have earned a BA or BS degree, either at CU Denver or elsewhere.
- Application procedures: Students are encouraged to apply for the Sociology of Health and Medicine Certificate at any point in their undergraduate studies. To apply, students should print and attach a completed the Sociology of Health and Medicine Certificate Application to an unofficial transcript. These documents should be submitted to the Sociology of Health and Medicine Certificate Administrator. Once the application is approved, students will be contacted about their acceptance into the program.
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- Students must complete a minimum of 15 credit hours from the approved courses below.
- Students must earn a minimum grade of C- (1.7) in all certificate courses taken at CU Denver and must achieve a minimum cumulative certificate GPA of 2.0. All graded attempts in required and elective courses are calculated in the certificate GPA. Students cannot complete certificate or ancillary course requirements as pass/fail.
- Students must complete all 15 credits applied to the certificate at CU Denver chosen from the approved courses below. (If students have completed a course required for the certificate elsewhere, they may add the needed credits in the form of additional elective credits drawn from the approved elective courses.)
- The certificate will be awarded when the student graduates with the bachelor’s degree.
Take the following required course:
- SOCY 3440 - Medical Sociology
Take two of the following courses:
- SOCY 3115 - Quantitative Methods & Analysis
- SOCY 3119 - Qualitative Methods
2 approved methods courses in the student’s major discipline, one on quantitative methods and one on qualitative methods (e.g. PSYC 2090, PSYC 3090, PSCI 3011, PHIL 3440, PHIL 2441, ECON 3801, ECON 3811, GEOG 2080, GEOG 4080). Questions about eligible methods course substitutions should be directed to the Sociology of Health & Medicine Certificate Administrator.
Take two of the following approved elective courses:
- SOCY 3010 - Sociology of Human Sexuality
- SOCY 3040 - Drugs, Alcohol & Society
- SOCY 3570 - Death & Dying: Social & Medical Perspectives
- SOCY 4050 - Health Disparities
- SOCY 4110 - Sociology of Health Care
- SOCY 4270 - Social Meanings of Reproduction
- SOCY 4290 - Aging, Society and Social Policy
- ANTH 3045 - Cannabis Culture
- ANTH 4010 - Medical Anthropology: Global Health
- ANTH 4290 - Anthropology and Public Health
- ANTH 4600 - Medical Anthropology
- COMM 4500 - Health Communication
- COMM 4525 - Health Communication and Community
- COMM 4550 - Rhetorics of Medicine & Health
- COMM 4558 - Digital Health Narratives
- ECON 4660 - Health Economics.
- ETST 3002 - Ethnicity, Health and Social Justice
- GEOG 3501 - Geography of Health
- GEOG 4235 - GIS Applications in the Health Sciences
- HEHM 3100 - Introduction to Health Humanities
- HIST 3606 - Science, Technology, and Society in the Modern World
- HIST 4345 - Gender, Science, and Medicine: 1600 to the Present
- PHIL 3550 - Philosophy of Death and Dying
- PHIL 4242 - Bioethics
- PSCI 4330 - U.S. Health Policy
- PSYC 3262 - Health Psychology
- PSYC 3265 - Drugs, Brain and Behavior
- PSYC 3612 - Domestic Abuse
- PSYC 3822 - Aging, Brain and Behavior
- WGST 4345 - Gender, Science, and Medicine: 1600 to the Present