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SOC 213 - Sociology of Health and Illness

Credits: 3
3 Lecture Hours

This course will identify issues of health and the health care system of the United States. Topics of rising health care costs, the under and uninsured will be presented. Cultural concepts of illness and suffering as they relate to societal structure will be presented.
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Define terms such as health, illness, disease and suffering.
  2. Describe values and beliefs related to health and illness.
  3. Describe issues of costs, rationing, insurance, and managed care.
  4. Recognize problems of inequality in health care.
  5. Discuss the socialization of professional health care workers.
  6. Assess the impact of technology in health care provision and costs.
Listed Topics
  1. Illness vs. Health
  2. Roles: sick, care giver and enabler
  3. The United States’ health care system
  4. Managed care vs. private care
  5. Care of the very young and very old
  6. Environmental diseases
  7. Wellness programs
  8. Pandemic disease-HIV/AIDS
  9. Genetics and other technologies
  10. Rationing resources
  11. Health Care/Medicare Providers
  12. Prevention
  13. Chronic illness
  14. The future of health care in the U.S.
Reference Materials
Textbook, handouts, assigned library reading, audio visuals, fieldtrips and guest speakers, where possible.
Approved By: Johnson, Alex Date Approved: 5/18/2009
Last Reviewed: 1/26/2023

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