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SOCI621 - Medical Sociology

Course Details

Course Code: SOCI621 Course ID: 5070 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

In this course students will assess disparities in health, illness, and healthcare accessibility and quality through application of sociological theory. Students will identify how social processes shape experiences of health, illness, and reform in the healthcare system. Students will examine the role of sociologists in health related career fields such as healthcare administration, public health, and more.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
02/24/20 - 07/31/20 08/03/20 - 09/27/20 Summer 2020 Session I 8 Week session
03/30/20 - 09/04/20 09/07/20 - 11/01/20 Summer 2020 Session D 8 Week session
04/27/20 - 10/02/20 10/05/20 - 11/29/20 Fall 2020 Session B 8 Week session
05/25/20 - 10/30/20 11/02/20 - 12/27/20 Fall 2020 Session I 8 Week session
06/29/20 - 12/04/20 12/07/20 - 01/31/21 Fall 2020 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Explain the sociological approach to the study of health and illness
  2. Apply sociological lens to current health issue
  3. Examine career paths for medical sociologists in healthcare and related fields

*Note: Successful completion of the sociology graduate program requires a portfolio with artifacts from your courses. Save all of the assignments you submit in class, whether they are marked as an artifact or not, for use in your portfolio at the end of the program. Depending on when you complete SOCI698, your past courses and assignments may no longer be accessible to you.*

NameGrade %
Forums 30.00 %
Week 1 Forum 7.50 %
Week 4 Forum 7.50 %
Week 6 Forum 7.50 %
Week 8 Forum 7.50 %
Assignments 70.00 %
Assignment 1: Explaining Medicalization 17.50 %
Assignment 2: Sociology and mental health *Portfolio Artifact* 17.50 %
Assignment 3: Professor Consultation and Written Report 17.50 %
Assignment 4: Healthcare policy 17.50 %

All course materials are free and provided in our Library. Link to our eReserve page in the Library and select this course to access your materials.

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*
Book Title:Word As Scalpel: A History of Medical Sociology - e-book available in the APUS Online Library
Publication Info:Oxford University Press
Book Title:The Medicalization of Society: On the Transformation of Human Conditions into Treatable Disorders - e-book available in the APUS Online Library
Publication Info:Johns Hopkins University Press
Book Title:Children, Ethics, and Modern Medicine - e-book available in the APUS Online Library
Publication Info:Indiana University Press
Book Title:Risk and Society - e-book available in the APUS Online Library
Publication Info:Sage
Book Title:The Healthcare Debate - e-book available in the APUS Online Library
Publication Info:Greenwood

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.