Why and how has social scientific reasoning become fundamental to life sciences and health fields? What do social sciences bring to life sciences and health studies? The Health and Society minor develops interdisciplinary and transferable skills and knowledge for problem-solving within life sciences, health, and medical fields. Our focus includes: the social and behavioral determinants of health; the public and private sector arrangements of health care; diverse explanatory models of disease; anthropogenic climate change and population health; and the relevance of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion to life sciences and health fields. Sociology and Anthropology majors who are interested in this minor can also consider applying to the Master of Public Health Articulated Degree (BA/MPH).

Email our Undergraduate Coordinator to Declare this Minor


Course Requirements

First Core Course Introduction to Sociology (21:920:201) or Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (21:070:204)
Second Core Course Perspectives on Health Care Policy (21:070:371; 21:920:318) or Medical Anthropology (21:070:209)
Four Elective Courses Selected from the list below
Total Credits: 18 credits total; 3 credits per course


Electives (Select Four from the List)

Sociology & Anthropology

Anthropology of Science and Technology / Sociology of Science (21:070:385; 21:920:385)

Culture and Personality (21:070:305)

Drugs and Society (21:920:285; 21:070:285)

Global Sustainable Development Goals (21:920:328; 21:070:328)

Human Nature (21:070:341)

Inequality (21:920:324; 21:070:337)

Medical Anthropology (21:070:209)

Perspectives on Health Care Policy (21:070:371; 21:920:318)

Race and Ethnicity in Multicultural Societies (21:920:316)

Social Determinants of Health (21:070:370; 21:920:331)

Sociology of Gender (21:920:337)



Health Psychology (21:830:424)

Psychopathology of Childhood (21:830:374)

Stereotyping, Prejudice, and Discrimination (21:830:341)



Economics of Health (21:220:316)


Social Work

Contemporary Social Welfare Policies (21:910:342)


Elective Policies:

• At least one must be (920) and at least one must be (070) 

• For sociology and anthropology majors, only two courses in the minor will count towards requirements for the major

• Electives from outside of the department are capped at two

• Additional courses from any department can be counted as electives with Department approval and on an ad hoc (i.e., case-by-case) basis

• One internship for academic credit in health fields may also be counted as an elective with Department approval and on an ad hoc (i.e., case-by-case) basis