This concentration addresses policies and issues of health and public welfare in the U.S. and abroad.  Students develop an understanding of the social factors that create disparities in health and illness, health care delivery systems, and other social resources.  Students interested in careers in health care, health policy, public health, nursing, and social work should consider this concentration.  We strongly suggest that students in this concentration take SOC 221: Introduction to the U.S. Health Care System.  

Course Requirements

Open Electives

Open elective credit also is required to meet the minimum graduation requirement of 192 hours.

 

SOC 200

SOCIAL WORK AND SOCIAL WELFARE

The nature of social work with a focus on the delivery of a variety of human services like health care and welfare; emphasis on professional-client relationships; examination of government agencies and voluntary associations.

SOC 221

INTRODUCTION TO THE U.S HEALTH CARE SYSTEM

Examination of occupations and organizations in the U.S. health care system. Topics include: quality, access, and cost of health services; occupations and organizations involved in delivering health care; financing of care through health insurance and government programs. Recommended gateway course for all students in Health and Health Services concentration.

SOC 223

SOCIOLOGY OF HEALTH AND ILLNESS

Examines how illness is related to sociological phenomena such as the social class of the patient or the organization of the health care delivery system. Formerly SOC 350.

SOC 235

ADOLESCENT HEALTH

Examination of social, political, geographic, and psychological forces affecting adolescent health in the U.S. Focus on occurrence, cause, and prevention of adolescent health risk behaviors, such as sexual behavior, violence, and substance use. Discussion of policy and community practice.

SOC 236

IMMIGRATION, HEALTH AND ILLNESS

Examines linkage of immigration to health and illness, including health status of immigrants, differences in health outcomes in the host country and countries of origin, occupational health and injury patterns, eating habits, healing practices, and access to health care. Includes fieldwork and review of research findings.

SOC 307

SOCIOLOGY OF SUBSTANCE USE AND ABUSE

Sociological perspectives on substance use and abuse, related high-risk behavior, drug traffic, community impact, and prevention and public policy.

SOC 321

HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS

The work of health and human service organizations is examined; the origins of these organizations, their goals and the problems inherent in attaining the goals, are considered.

SOC 323

THE SOCIAL WELFARE INSTITUTION

The evolution of social welfare as an urban institution and the creation of the welfare state are examined. An analysis of social welfare in the United States within the context of economic, political, social and philosophical developments.

SOC 326

AGING AND THE LIFE COURSE

A look at the changing age composition of the population; meaning and societal definition of aging, the different types of responses to growing older and the various social programs designed for older people. Introduction to life course theories.

SOC 351

HEALTH DISPARITIES

Examination of persistent health disparities in the U.S. and the influence of social settings on morbidity and mortality, as well as the impact of social class, gender, and race/ethnicity on disease and illness patterns and access to health care.

SOC 353

SOCIOLOGY OF MENTAL ILLNESS

Examines the social history of, and societal reaction to, the mentally ill. Review of contemporary social perspectives on mental illness and social research on mental hospital institutionalization; the dynamics of the therapist-patient relationship.

SOC 365

HEALTH AND GLOBALIZATION

Comparative approach to understanding changes in health and illness patterns, diet and consumption, and access to health care associated with economic expansion, global inequalities, and changes in local economies, occupations and cultures. Case studies of selected non-industrialized countries.

SOC 370

PEOPLE, PLACES, AND FOOD

Exploration of community food resources and the relationship to chronic disease such as obesity, diabetes, and hypertension. Qualitative methods focus on meanings of eating habits and how people secure food. Analyzes barriers and supports for healthy eating habits in Chicago neighborhoods. Service-learning component.

SOC 373

PUBLIC HEALTH AND HIGH RISK BEHAVIOR

Explores problems in community and public health such as HIV/AIDS and injection drug use. Topics may vary.

SOC 390

SEMINAR IN SOCIOLOGY

Selected topics form the basis of an in-depth consideration. Topics vary and may be initiated by students.

SOC 394

COMMUNITY BASED SOCIOLOGY

Combines basic understanding of sociological principles with field experience.

SOC 398

INTERNSHIP

Placement of students in work-study situations relevant to careers in health and human services, social work, juvenile justice, law and society, urban and community services. Clinical and Experiential (can fulfill jr. yr. requirement). (1 to 4 credit hours).