Be a thinker for progress

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Health and Society (HSOC) is an interdisciplinary, cross-college program

The timeliness of this major is felt globally as populations grapple with health, healing practices and health care. HSOC brings together an array of social science approaches to address critical questions concerning health in human populations.

This program brings together highly engaging faculty and broad-thinking students to examine the many ways in which human health, healing, and health care are defined, perceived, and enacted and distributed across populations.

Coursework as diverse as the major itself

Courses in anthropology, nutrition and food science , geography, sociology, and more. Students have a compendium of course requirements that will engage and excite. View the Health and Society course requirements and options for electives. 


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Beyond the classroom

Madison SchafferMadison Shaffer ’20 is taking public health classes at UVM as she works towards her BA in Health and Society. In the summer of 2018 she received  practical hands-on experience in the discipline through a Vermont Public Health Association internship based in Burlington. The non-profit organization is committed to improving the health of Vermonters by fostering policy innovation and building partnerships between government agencies, communities, the health care delivery system, and academia. Her job includes creating and running a student assembly in Vermont for aspiring public health professionals (she’s interested in creating a club at UVM for students interested in public health) and reviewing and updating VtPHA policy positions. “This internship has helped me get a closer look at how these initiatives come to life,” she said. “I really value the opportunity to work on policy, which provides a valuable resource the public can use to navigate public health issues.” The Washington, DC native says the work provides opportunities for real-world application of the topics she’s studying in the classroom while building on her communication, writing, and teamwork skills. “I feel like I’m gaining first hand public health knowledge from a trusted organization and inspiring professionals. I hope that my experience with them will provide me with a better understanding of my career path and the ways in which I will be a part of the public health field. I have also been given the opportunity to apply my interest in public health to help, even if in an indirect way, the state that I've grown to love so much, Vermont. It makes the topics of water safety, climate change, infectious disease, and noise pollution all the more relevant.”



  • Clinical Researcher
  • Dietician
  • Ecologist
  • Health Educator
  • Health Policy Advisor
  • Homeopath
  • Hospital Administration
  • Gerontologist
  • Medical Technologist
  • Medical Anthropologist
  • Nurse
  • Psychologist
  • Social Worker