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Sociological Perspectives On Health

East Baltimore
1st term
Health Behavior and Society
3 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Hybrid In-person and Synchronous Online
Class Times:
  • Tu Th,  3:30 - 4:50pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Undergrads Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
Zoe Hendrickson

Presents sociological concepts, paradigms, and theories frequently cited or used as sources of basic ideas and assumptions in contemporary analyses of health behavior and health systems. Discusses the social construction of concepts and theories, especially those that apply to our understanding of health and illness, and the implications of sociological perspectives for public health, including social stratification, deviance, social control, role performance, and stress.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Analyze several theoretical perspectives drawn from the social sciences and how they have been applied to issues of public health
  2. Apply each perspective to a public health problem
  3. Demonstrate that the perspective one begins with influences the scientific questions analyzed
  4. Analyze the policy implications of each perspective
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 15% Participation
  • 75% Written Assignment(s)
  • 10% Group Presentation

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

This is the virtual/online section of a course also offered onsite. You are responsible for the modality in which you register.