Minor in Society and Health

Understand the socioeconomic, cultural, and psychological factors associated with human health.

Society and Health student listening to a nurse in hospital room. There is lots of medical equipment in the room and a medical dummy in the bed.

About this Program

The College of Liberal Arts offers the interdisciplinary minor in Society and Health. It focuses on the sociological, economic, cultural, and psychological factors associated with human health, coupled with their implications for ethical healthcare practice and policy. Students who minor in Society and Health develop an appreciation for the value of inter-professional, team-based problem solving to improve healthcare and health outcomes. 


Admission to the Society and Health minor is based on submission and approval of an application. Students may apply to the minor after having completed any two of the approved courses for the minor. The application process will consider a student’s performance and a statement about academic and professional goals.

The demand for this minor arose as a result of changes in the medical school entrance exam, shifting expectations for the education of health professionals, and recognition of the need for interdisciplinary approaches to address health problems. Students who complete the Society and Health minor will meet two key needs in the health profession: sociocultural awareness and communication skills. 

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    Program Information

    Program Type


    Area of Study

    Interdisciplinary Programs


    Program Location


    Required Credit Hours


    Academic Requirements

    See information below on the Society and Health Minor. For a full description, visit the online catalog.

    Students in the Society and Health minor complete 18 credit hours from at least two different departments.

    Required courses:

    • Math 115: Statistics OR Psy 202: Elementary Statistics 
    • Soc 370: Society Population Health OR SOHE 329: Medical Humanities


    Four courses from two different departments:

    Department of Criminal Justice & Legal Studies:

    • LA 411: Elder Law

    Department of History:

    • HST 427: Diseases and Medicine in American History

    Croft Inst for International Studies

    • Inst 375: Global Health

    Department of Integrated Marketing and Communication:

    • IMC 585/Jour 585: Health Communication

    Department of Nutrition and Hospitality Management:

    • NHM 311: Principles of Nutrition
    • NHM 323: Human Development
    • NHM 328: Child Development
    • NHM 417: Community Nutrition

    Department of Philosophy & Religion:

    • PHIL 328: Biomedical Ethics
    • REL 363: Religious Perspectives on Aging and Death

    Department of Psychology:

    • PSY 301: Developmental Psychology
    • PSY 311: Abnormal Psychology
    • PSY 321: Social Psychology
    • PSY 410: Health Psychology
    • PSY 417: Disasters and Mental Health
    • PSY 460/GST 460: Psychology of Human Sexuality
    • PSY 465/GST 465: Psychology of Gender

    Department of Social Work:

    • SW 326: Gerontology
    • SW 427: Psychosocial Aspects of Loss Death Grief

    Department of Sociology & Anthropology:

    • ANTH 349: Medical Anthropology
    • SOC 301: The Family
    • SOC 310: Sociology of Disability
    • SOC 311: Social Problems
    • SOC 345: Population Trends and Problems
    • SOC 370/HON 315: Society & Population Health
    • SOC 411: Environment, Technology, & Society
    • SOC 413: Race and Ethnicity
    • SOC 427: Social Stratification
    • SOC 455: Population Studies Applied Research

    Society & Health Program:

    • SOHE 301: Topics in Society and Health Abroad
    • SOHE 302: Topics in Society and Health
    • SOHE 329: Medical Humanities
    • SOHE 495: Society and Health Internship
    • SOHE 497: Directed Study in Society and Health

    How Can I Enhance My Health and Society Minor?

    According to national surveys, employers are more likely to hire college graduates who have: 

    • had professional internships, 
    • worked with people from diverse backgrounds on community service, 
    • collaborated with peers on projects, 
    • taken multiple courses with significant writing,
    • produced a senior project or thesis, and
    • studied abroad.

    These experiences are about core liberal arts skills of thinking, communicating, interpersonal skills, and understanding the world around us. Showcase and enhance these skills in an internship opportunity for that first step into the professional world. 

    We encourage students in the Society and Health minor to combine coursework with these hands-on, experiential learning opportunities.

    Your Major + Society and Health

    Society and Health can pair with a wide variety of majors on campus. Here are some likely combinations.

    Next Steps

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