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Health & Society



This course examines human health in its dynamic relationship to both the social and physical environment. We will explore how a range of social factors determines the health of populations. Through both historical and contemporary case studies we will develop an ecological model of health and disease, drawing on perspectives from medical anthropology, medical sociology, public health, and health psychology. During this process, we will explore a range of cross-cultural strategies for the maintenance of human health and the management of disease. We will learn that health is totally embedded in society.

Learning Goals: Students completing this course will be able to…
1. Define basic social science concepts of health, wellness, disease and medicine
2. Link social conditions, such as culture, inequality, residential patterns and organization structures, to health outcomes
3. Characterize and compare social, medical, public health and other approaches to improving health outcomes

1. Goal will be assessed through in-class brainstorming exercise and exams
2. Goal will be assessed through book essay and exams
3. Goal will be assessed through in-class group exercise on building ecological models of disease and follow-up take-home essays on exams

When / Where:

TF @ 12:35 pm to 1:55 pm, Cook Douglass Lecture Hall 103





Course Syllabus

Course Professors

    Fall 2018

  1. Guarnaccia, Peter
  2. Fall 2016

  3. Guarnaccia, Peter
  4. Fall 2015

  5. Guarnaccia, Peter
  6. Fall 2014

  7. Guarnaccia, Peter
  1. Rutgers
  2. New Brunswick
Department of Human Ecology