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College of Letters and Science Health, Behavior, and Society Degree


The Health, Behavior, and Society minor will broaden your understanding of the complex social factors that influence the health of human beings. Courses in the minor examine the social, cultural, psychological, economic, political, and ethical factors affecting health behavior, status and delivery. In addition, this minor will prepare you for graduate training and careers in a number of allied health fields, such as public health and hospital administration, health planning and health education, and environmental and global health. 

The Health, Behavior, and Society minor consists of 21 credits.

Required Classes – 9 credits
POLI 306 Health Politics and Policies (3 cr.) 
SOC 367 Social Epidemiology (3 cr.)
HSW 290 Psychological Aspects of Health (3 cr.) or
PSYC 385 Health Psychology (3 cr.)

Electives, 12 credits
ANTH 380 Medical Anthropology (3 cr.) 
ECON 324 Health Economics (3 cr.) 
HD 386 Family Health Implications of Resource Management (3 cr.) 
HD 465 Grief and Loss (3 cr.) 
HIST 206 Medicine in World History (3 cr.) 
HSW 310 Communication in Health Care (3 cr.)   
HSW 320 Environment, Health, and Technology (3 cr.)   
PHIL 302 Ethics and Medicine (3 cr.) 
PSYC 290 Psychoactive Drugs and Behavior (3 cr.) 
PSYC 351 Abnormal Psychology (3 cr.) 
REL 307 Religion and Health (3 cr.)
SW 381 Death, Dying, Grief and Loss (3 cr.)
SW 383 Substance Abuse Disorders: Assessment and Interventions (3 cr.)
SW 385 Social Work and Mental Health (3 cr.)
SOC 306 Social Aspects of Substance Abuse (3 cr.) 
SOC 308 Sociology of Medicine (3 cr.) 
SOC 368 Sociology of Mental Health (3 cr.) 

For more information

Maggie Bohm-Jordan, Ph.D. , MAS
HBSM Program Coordinator
Associate Professor of Sociology