Health and Society

Mission

Students in Health and Society should have three key objectives. They should learn how to:

  1. Develop an understanding of health patterns, health behavior, medical care, and health policy in a variety of historical and contemporary contexts;

  2. Integrate methods from across the social sciences and humanities in empirical assessments of health patterns and behavior; and,

  3. Apply those concepts through advanced seminar coursework, leading to topical specializations in one of the following: Health and Behavior, Cultural Aspects of Health, Health Care and the Economy, and Population Health.

More generally, graduates of the program will be familiar with methods and perspectives of several social science and humanities disciplines, and will be able to think critically about health and science in society, locally and globally.