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Society, Medicine, and Health Minor

(HEGIS: , CIP: 45.1101 Sociology)

Department of Sociology

430 Park Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-4670

Dr. Robert Adelman
Department Chair

Dr. Hanna Grol-Prokopczyk
Director of Undergraduate Studies

Associated Subjects

Why study Society, Medicine, and Health Minor at UB?

*Not a baccalaureate degree program

The Society, Medicine, and Health Minor focuses on the socio-demographic, cultural, political, and ethical contexts that underlie the medical profession and para-professions, and the social structure of health and health policy. This minor is ideal for students who plan to work in settings which require a strong background in the social aspects of medicine and health, and for students who plan to go to graduate school in sociology, urban planning or public health, or to pursue advanced training in any of the wide range of health professions.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all requirements, the student will:

  • Think critically and sociologically about complex social issues that impact health, healthcare, and health policy
  • Apply sociological theories and methods to understand the structure of modern health care and its contribution to health disparities
  • Define health and illness, understand sociological ways of thinking about the sick role, patients/families and health care providers, and their roles in health, and differentiate the contributions of agency and structure
  • Think sociologically about ethical principles in health behavior, care, technology
  • Use a sociological framework to elaborate the practices of health and wellbeing, the treatment of illness, and/or the social and organizational structures of health care
  • Compare/contrast health care systems and experiences in other societies

The Learning Environment

We offer courses from across the main subfields in sociology. Our course offerings range from small discussion-based classes to larger lectures and remote courses. Our department encourages the development of research skills among our undergraduate students both in the classroom, through our research-intensive course offerings, and outside the classroom, through faculty-student research collaborations.

About Our Facilities

The Sociology Department is housed in Park Hall. The department holds classes in centrally scheduled space throughout the campus, which includes traditional classrooms and lecture halls.

About Our Faculty

We have an intellectually diverse and research-productive faculty that deliver high quality graduate and undergraduate mentoring and training, engage in extensive professional service, and publish research in top general and specialty journals. More than half of the Department faculty actively seek grants, and several faculty members have received awards over the years for outstanding teaching. We also have 3 Teaching Assistants and 4-5 adjuncts who teach our undergraduate courses.

Faculty List Directory

Please visit the Sociology department website for additional information about our faculty.

Career Outlook

Graduates apply their knowledge and skills across a wide variety of occupations and professions, particularly in medical and health services. They are also prepared for graduate and professional school programs in areas such as sociology, medicine, health professions, and public health.

Academic Advising Contact Information

Students may contact the Sociology department (716-645-2417) for information on advising, or contact the CAS Advisement Office (716-645-6883). Darren Portis advises Sociology students with a last name beginning with A-L, and Eric Streeter is the adviser for students with last names M-Z.

Scholarships and Financial Support

The Sociology Scholarship for Study Abroad is awarded annually to students in our undergraduate programs who require financial assistance to fund their participation in a study abroad program. Awards are granted on a competitive basis to defray the expense of airfare for the study abroad program.

Students in our programs may also qualify for scholarships and financial support from a number of other sources, including: UB Financial Aid (including UB scholarships and nationally competitive fellowships and scholarships) and UB College of Arts and Sciences scholarships and awards.

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Published: Nov 16, 2022 15:56:34