The following is a suggested timeline for students entering in the fall semester without a master's degree. You may need to work with your mentor and/or the Graduate Director to customize the timeline, based on your situation. The length of time permitted for all students from entry into the graduate program in medical sociology to degree completion before recertification, such as re-examination or required additional coursework, is seven years. When cohorts are small it is possible that some classes will be offered every other year; this can alter how you follow the timeline.

New PhD Lee Anne Flahh and alumni/professor Julie Locher. Year 1

Fall Semester (10 credits)
  • SOC 702: Proseminar — The Profession of Sociology
  • SOC 601: Data Management and Analysis
  • SOC 720: Classical Theory OR elective if not offered
  • SOC 780: Advanced Medical Sociology OR elective if not offered

Spring Semester (10 credits)
  • SOC 702: Proseminar — The Profession of Sociology
  • SOC 703: Regression Analysis
  • SOC 722: Contemporary Sociological Theory
  • Medical Sociology elective — choose between SOC 724, 734, 735, 755, 756, 775, 781, 783, 785, 786, 787, or 788

Summer Semester (5 credits)
  • SOC 702: Proseminar — The Profession of Sociology
  • SOC 704: Categorical Data Analysis OR SOC 706: Advanced Longitudinal and Multi-Level Data Analysis OR one Sociology elective (consider an online class)
  • One out-of-department elective
  • GRD 717: Principles of Scientific Integrity
  • Form thesis committee

Year 2

Fall Semester (9 credits)
  • SOC 705: Advanced Research Methods OR SOC 711: Qualitative Methods
  • Medical Sociology elective — choose between SOC 724, 734, 735, 755, 756, 775, 781, 783, 785, 786, 787, or 788
  • One Sociology elective
  • Defend thesis proposal

Spring Semester
  • One or two Sociology electives — consider GRD 717: Principles of Scientific Integrity
  • SOC 699: Thesis Research

Summer Semester (5 credits)
  • SOC 704: Categorical Data Analysis OR SOC 706: Advanced Longitudinal and Multi-Level Data Analysis OR one Sociology elective (consider an online elective)
  • One out-of-department elective
  • SOC 699: Thesis Research
  • GRD 717: Principles of Scientific Integrity
  • Defend thesis
  • Prepare for comprehensive exam if you entered the program with an MA; take SOC 798: Non-Dissertation Research Hours

Year 3


Fall Semester (9 credits)
  • SOC 705: Advanced Research Methods OR SOC 711: Qualitative Methods
  • One Sociology elective
  • GRD 717: Principles of Scientific Integrity
  • SOC 780: Advanced Medical Sociology OR SOC 720: Classical Theory
  • Take comprehensive exam if you entered the program with an MA

Spring Semester (9 credits)
  • One sociology elective
  • SOC 798: Non-dissertation Research
  • Take comprehensive exam if you entered the program with an MA

Summer Semester (5 credits)
  • SOC 798: Non-dissertation Research
  • Prepare for comprehensive exams if you did not enter the program with an MA
  • GRD 717: Principles of Scientific Integrity
  • Form dissertation committee

Year 4


Fall Semester (9 credits)

Spring Semester (9 credits to be a full-time student)
  • SOC 799: Dissertation Research

Summer Semester (5 credits)
  • SOC 799: Dissertation Research

Year 5


Fall Semester
  • SOC 799: Dissertation Research

Spring Semester