Health and Society is a program for students interested in studying and pursuing careers addressing the social, economic and political aspects of human health in addition to its biological foundations. Potential careers include:
- public health
- disease spread and prevention (epidemiology)
- health services
- health administration
- community health
- or this major can be completed in conjunction with an endorsement in a preprofessional area (Nursing, Physical therapy, Occupational therapy, Physician Assistant, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Medicine)
Health and Society students integrate concepts from both the social sciences (i.e. sociology, psychology, economics, political science) and natural sciences (i.e. biology and chemistry) to gain interdisciplinary understandings of relevant health topics
- students choose one of six interdisciplinary themes or can design their own
- students reflect on how the coursework in their emphasis can help them gain understanding of particular health issues in their sophomore-level seminar
Health and Society students extend their learning into the research environment and into local, national and global settings.
- all majors have the opportunity to complete an independent research project in a close relationship with a professor
- all majors complete an internship or a study abroad experience centering around healthcare situations
Health and Society students are trained to become well informed, globally minded citizens ready to address complex health related problems.
- unique interdisciplinary nature give students curricular experiences not found elsewhere
- focus on social and cultural aspects of health is more heavily emphasized in professional school, so this program prepares students for that new reality
- provides students who have interests outside of the natural sciences an avenue for entering health related careers.