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 & Minor Requirements

A complete list of minor requirements and courses are available in the UAB Undergraduate Catalog. Rely on it for the most up-to-date information about minor requirements.

You will take 18 hours of courses in the Medical Sociology minor, including courses covering the basics of sociology. You will also take 15 hours of sociology electives, some specifically focusing on social diversity and inequality as well as health-related issues and problems.

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