In the program, students examine how health is influenced by global, national, regional, and local forces. These forces include biocultural variation, sociocultural conceptions, social inequalities, political and economic processes, geospatial diversity, and planetary health. Marshalling scholarship from the social sciences and liberal arts, the program offers students the opportunity to learn how experts from different disciplines approach questions of health, healing practices, and health care. Students enrolled in the major or minor may go on to pursue careers in public health, global health, health care management, research, education, policy, advocacy, law, nonprofits, social entrepreneurship, industry, or other career areas.
Why Health and Society?
Health and Society’s interdisciplinary approach brings together an array of scholarly disciplines to understand the intersections of health and society. We offer a variety of courses in which students can find their own niche through different pathways with a focus on the social sciences of health. Advisors and professors encourage students to take their own steps to learn about health, healing, and health care in different lights through coursework, internships, research, clubs, community service, and travel study. We provide students with the tools for a rich undergraduate experience and a meaningful career after they graduate.