Children from across the world. This minor focuses on the social causes and consequences of health and illness. It also analyzes health organizations and institutions, the social behavior of health personnel and consumers of health care, and international patterns of health services. Medical Sociology is a particularly relevant minor for students preparing for a career in a health profession such as medicine, nursing, dentistry, or optometry. It will give you a needed background in the linkage between health and society.

Social factors are critical to health. Access to health care and services are influenced by a variety of social, cultural, economic, and political forces. Health practices, knowledge, and disease patterns vary by gender, socioeconomic status, racial and ethnic group membership, and age. In addition, unhealthy lifestyles, high-risk behaviors, and hazardous residential and work environments pose serious threats to health. The minor offers pre-health professionals and other undergraduate students interested in health and health care services a needed background in the linkage between health and society.

Course Catalog

A complete list of minor requirements and courses are available in the UAB Undergraduate Catalog.


All program requirements and courses are outlined in the UAB Undergraduate Catalog. You will take 18 hours of courses in the Medical Sociology minor. Requirements include:
Social and cultural factors in defining health and illness; social determinants of health; health and illness behavior; health professionals; organization and delivery of health care in the U.S. 3 hours.
Examination of mental and illness in its social context the social construction of mental health and illness the interrelationships between social structure, social factors, stress, coping resources and mental health experiences of mental health and illness. 3 hours. 

You will also take two courses in Social Diversity and Inequality; one Health-Related Issues and Problems course; and one elective in Anthropology, Psychology, or Sociology. A course list is available in the UAB Undergraduate Catalog.

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