Society, Health & Medicine Minor (Fall 2021)

The Society, Health, & Medicine (SHM) minor exposes students to the sociocultural, political, and organizational dimensions of health and medicine while also promoting an understanding of the social determinants of health.  Specifically, students gain knowledge of: how health and wellness are shaped by factors such as race, SES, and gender; how medical care is organized in the US and in other countries; who receives health care and who does not; how medical providers are socialized into their roles; and how patients navigate illness and treatment. Students combine core courses from medical sociology with a series of electives of their choosing.  Electives cut across many disciplines and content areas, allowing students to design a minor that aligns with their academic and career goals.  The minor is well suited to students with an academic interest in health, medicine, or health disparities, as well as those pursuing careers in the health professions.


Admission Requirement:  minimum 2.0 GPA to declare minor

Graduation Requirement: minimum 2.0 GPA in minor


A minimum of 6 credit hours in the minor must be outside of the course requirements for any major or other minor the student is pursuing.


Total Credit Hours:  18


Required Core Courses (6 credit hours):

SOC 12050 Introduction to Sociology (3)

SOC 42563 Sociology of Health and Health Care (3)


Sociology Elective Courses: (6 credit hours; select one course from each area below)

Select one course from the following:

SOC 42010 Death and Dying (3)

SOC 42562 Sociology of Mental Health (3)

SOC 42879 Aging in Society (3)


Select second course from the following:

SOC 32565 Sociology of Sexualities (3)

SOC 32569 Minorities in the United States (3)

SOC 42010 Death and Dying (3)

SOC 42421 Childhood in Society (3)

SOC 42478 Adolescence in Society (3)

SOC 42560 Sociology of Food (3)

SOC 42562 Sociology of Mental Health (3)

SOC 42879 Aging in Society (3)


Electives (6 credit hours of approved course options from the areas below)




Counselor Education and Supervision

Criminology and Justice Studies



Exercise Science



Health Education

Human Development and Family Studies

Insurance Studies

Integrated Health Studies (HIS)

LGBTQ Studies



Africana Studies


Physical Education-Professional

Political Science

Psychological Sciences

Public Health

Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management

Women’s Studies