Below are a few examples, but we urge you to talk to your major/departmental advisor and explore available courses in SPIRE. Remember not to constrain yourself to classes within your major.
POLISCI 394: The Body Politic: An interdisciplinary exploration of how American political and legal power is exercised upon and through the human body. While a range of topics and movements fall within this general description, we will examine most closely the politics of AIDS and reproductive health in the United States
SOCIOL 353: Sociology of Medicine: Literature on health and illness from three sociological perspectives: 1) epidemiological: focus on social and psychological factors as causes of disease; 2) illness-behavior perspectives: focus on variation between persons and groups in their evaluation and response to pain and symptoms; and 3) organizational: emphasis on problems in organization and delivery of medical services.
SOCIOL 397: Special Topics - Social Forces,Health & Lifecourse: An introduction to how social forces shape health throughout the life-course, with special focus on human development. Topics include social origins of disease, health disparities, the influence of peer and family relationships, how social forces interact with genetic background, neighborhood effects, and social status.
COMM 319 - Health Communication: The course will introduce, investigate and explore the nature of communication processes that influence and/are influenced by health and health care contexts. Communication theories and practices will be applied to a variety of health issues including the physician-patient relationship, the design of health media campaigns, the influence of health promotion on human behavior, health literacy, Western and cultural expressions of health and the use of interactive technology.
ECON 397WP-ST - Wellbeing, Inequality, & Poverty: Tools for analyzing and understanding poverty, inequality and well-being. Theoretical and methodological foundations of the main approaches to poverty, inequality and well-being will be critically presented and discussed: from the conventional monetary view to multidimensional approaches.
ANTHRO 312 - Medical Anthropology: Concepts, approaches, methods, and goals of medical anthropology. An examination of the interplay between biology and culture and how health, illness, medicine and therapy exist in different cultures. Central to this concern is the idea that culture plays a central role in definitions of health and illness.
Depending on your main area of interest, your academic pathway will shift. To explore this field, you can take courses that will provide you with knowledge and skills in:
- Research methods
- Communication skills
- Critical thinking
- Problem solving