• Gabriela Sarriera ’17 Rwanda’s health minister

    Partners In Health

    Gabriela Sarriera ’17 dared to ask Rwanda’s minister of health for a job. One year later, she traveled to Kigali to help Dr. Agnes Binagwaho research policy affecting equal access to healthcare. 

Faculty and students examine health, healing and health care in this innovative new program.

Health and Society (HSOC) is an interdisciplinary cross-college program offering a B.A. and a minor that brings together an array of social science approaches to address critical questions concerning health, healing, and health care in human populations. Program faculty and students examine the many ways in which human health, healing, and health care are defined, perceived, and enacted, and in which access to health and health care are distributed, within and across populations.

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Summer Internship Takes UVM Junior to Rwanda

Charlotte Malling ’19 has received the 2018 University of Global Health Equity (UGHE) Summer Internship in Kigali, Rwanda, offered by the UVM Career Center and the College of Arts and Sciences.

Owned and operated by the non-profit organization Partners in Health, UGHE is in the latter stages of construction. The facility is designed to leverage expertise and resources from the Rwandan government, Harvard Medical School, and other key partners to create better health outcomes for Rwandans. Last year Siera Carusone ’19 was the first UVM summer intern to help create a forum for delivery-focused teaching, research, and clinical care. Read more in: Summer Internship Takes UVM Junior to Rwanda

Health and Society B.A. or Health Sciences B.S.?

Which is right for me? 


One major, many perspectives

Take a close look at course requirements in UVM's health and society major and you'll notice classes in psychology, anthropology, sociology, environmental science and health. A truly broad academic experience that crosses the boundaries of many different disciplines is part of what makes our program so distinctive. You'll learn about issues in health and society from multiple viewpoints and perspectives. We believe this approach exposes you to many different avenues of exploration during your UVM career and after you graduate. 


Developing a skill set in high demand

A degree in health and society can take you anywhere. Our students go into a variety of fields because a liberal arts degree equips them to do research, write and read critically and analytically so they can be trained for any kind of work. Students enrolled in the major or minor may go on to pursue careers in public health, global health, health care management, research, policy, education, advocacy or industry--or in any career field. Faculty mentors provide expert guidance to help you find your niche in this promising field.

Beyond the classroom

The education you pursue here has real purpose. Close collaboration with faculty on research projects and presentations is a big part of the health and society experience. We help students find ways to apply their skills in service learning projects, internships and study abroad opportunities