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Major Requirements

In addition to the general degree requirements listed by the College of Liberal Arts, the courses below are required to complete the major in Health & Society. 

  • 2022-2024 Catalog

    Thirty semester hours of major coursework, including at least 15 hours of upper-division coursework, consisting of one course in each of the following areas:

    • H S 301, Introduction to Health and Society
    • H S 302, Current Approaches to Health and Society
    • Methods and Statistics*
    • Social Justice and Health*
    • H S 350E, Foundations of Epidemiology
    • Individual Health and Health Behavior*
    • Global Health and Population Health*
    • Health Care Policy and Economics*
    • Social and Cultural Context of Health*
    • H S 378, Seminar in Health and Society


    *Lists of approved courses for each requirement can be found here.

  • 2020-2022 Catalog and Earlier

    In addition to the general degree requirements listed by the College of Liberal Arts, the following courses are required to complete the major in Health & Society:

    Foundational course (3 hrs)

    H S 301 Introduction to Health and Society

    A broad, multidisciplinary overview and introduction to the study of health and society. 

    Biology (3 hrs)

    BIO 301D Biology I (For non-science majors)

    BIO 301L Molecules to Organisms (For non-science majors)

    BIO 301G Genetics in the 21st Century (For non-science majors)

    BIO 302D Ecology and Evolution

    BIO 302E Genetics/Genomics

    BIO 302F Human Health & Disease

    BIO 302G Biotechnology and the Future

    BIO 301E Problems in Modern Biology (for Plan II)

    BIO 309D Human Body

    BIO 311C Introduction Biology I (For science majors)

    Social/Behavioral Epidemiology (3 hrs)

    H S 350E Foundations of Epidemiology

    Methods & Statistics (3 hrs)

    SDS 301 Elementary Statistical Methods

    SDS 302 Data Analysis for Health Sciences (retired)

    SDS 302F Foundations of Data Analysis (recommended for pre-Health professions)

    SDS 304 Statistics in Health Care (retired)

    SOC 317L Introduction to Social Statistics

    SOC 317M Introduction to Social Research

    See H&S Advisor for other approved courses.

    Social Justice & Health (3 hrs)

    H S 341 Health and Justice

    PHL 325M Medicine, Ethics & Society

    PHL 325E Biomedical Ethics

    N 321 Ethics of Health Care

    S W 325 Foundations of Social Justice

    LAH 351D Ethical Issues in Med/Society

    T C 358 Ethics and Medicine

    Study Tracks (12 hrs)

    Students will choose one of the following tracks and complete 9 hours from their chosen track and 3 additional hours from any track. Learn more about the tracks here and see advisor for the latest approved course list.

    NOTE: Most students will need 6 hours of study track coursework to be upper-division in order to meet the requirements of the major. With few exceptions, Health & Society majors do not have special access to track courses that have restrictions or prerequisites that students don't otherwise meet. 

    • Health & Behavior
    • Cultural Aspects of Health
    • Health Care & Economy
    • Population Health

    Capstone (3 hrs)

    H S 378 Seminar in Health & Society

    A capstone writing and research seminar on specialized topics in Health & Society. 

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