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Health and Society HSOC

For more information about these courses, see the Bachelor of Health Sciences in the Cumming School of Medicine: cumming.ucalgary.ca/bhsc.

Junior Course
Health and Society 201       Introduction to Health and Society
Introduction to public health, emphasizing the contributions of social research from several disciplinary traditions (anthropology, economics, epidemiology, geography, political science, psychology, and sociology) Students practice and refine several skill sets, including: library research, public speaking, teamwork, leadership and academic writing.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
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Senior Courses
Health and Society 301       Determinants of Health
A broad-based, interdisciplinary overview of models of the determinants of health. Includes an analysis of evidence of the relative influence of environmental factors, health services, lifestyles and health behaviours, social and economic factors, biological predispositions, and the mechanisms involved in the societal uptake of various conceptions.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Health and Society 201.
Antirequisite(s):
Credit for Health and Society 301 and Sociology 409 will not be allowed.
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Health and Society 311       Health Services and Health Systems
Introduction to the Canadian health system, the health policy process, institutions and providers in the health system, health care insurance, financing and delivery of health care, population and public health, a systems approach to health in a national and international perspective
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Health and Society 301.
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Health and Society 401       Foundations of Social Science Method
An examination of some philosophical principles underlying and debates involving methodology in the social sciences. Consideration will be given to features both common to the social sciences as well as to those which distinguish them. Where appropriate, applications to health phenomena will be emphasized.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Health and Society 201 and third-year standing or higher in the BHSc Honours or Health and Society minor program. 
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Health and Society 403       Advanced Topics in Social Determinants of Health
Social determinants of health are key to understanding and intervening on health and disease in populations. This course builds on the understanding of the social determinants of health by exploring a few of these in greater depth. Topics will vary, buy may include racism, sexism and gender identity, Indigenous health inequities, or the built environment. Students will engage with research from a number of social science disciplines to explore the complexities and nuances that shape health inequities in a variety of environments in which people live and work. Case studies and contemporary events will be used to illustrate the interplay between a select few social determinants and health inequities each semester.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Health and Society 301 or Sociology 409 and admission to the Health and Society major or minor programs.
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Health and Society 408       Health Research Methods and Research Field Practicum
An introduction to the research methods utilized in the Health Sciences. Students will begin to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to conduct research in the Health and Society field. The importance of research design, qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods and the theoretical constructs that inform these approaches will be emphasized.
Course Hours:
6 units; (6-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Medical Science 308 with a minimum grade of "B-", and admission to the BHSc Honours program.
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Health and Society 591       Advanced Seminar in Health and Society
An advanced seminar involving critical analysis of contemporary health issues. Topics vary from year-to-year, but are always drawn from the current academic literature, from the public policy arena, and/or from the popular media.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3S-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Health and Society 401 and admission to the BHSc Honours Health and Society major.
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