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  Medical sociology - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Medical sociology is the study of individual and group behaviors with respect to health and illness.
Thus "medical" is a misnomer, as the focus is not on medical professionals or their behaviors, but on human behavioral responses to health and illness.
Medical sociology is concerned with individual and group responses aimed at assessing well-being, maintaining health, acting upon real or perceived illness, interacting with healthcare systems, and maximizing health in the face of physiologic or functional derangement.
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 Medical Sociologists Turn Their Lens on Themselves
The meetings were held in response to the growing belief among many sociologists and others that the field of medical sociology was not keeping pace with changes in the health care sector, reducing its ability to contribute insights and solutions to problems of health and health care, including the development of health policy.
In addition to these meetings in 1996, 11 sociology department chairpersons and medical sociology professors from 6 universities met in June 1998, to discuss developing "centers of excellence" in medical sociology at their respective institutions (for a list of participants see Appendix 4).
Sociology faculty and graduates often are unfamiliar with advances in health care policy, and academic journals frequently are not the best source about emerging issues.
www.rwjf.org /reports/grr/028843s.htm   (1318 words)

 The Ph.D. Program in Medical Sociology
Since the advancement of medical sociology as a science and the long-term solution of applied, clinical problems require contributions from a variety of disciplines, training occurs in an interdisciplinary context.
The medical sociologist is trained to appraise how cultures, institutions, and organizations influence individual beliefs and behaviors and patterns of social interaction and ultimately affect the physical and mental health of individuals and groups.
Medical sociologists are especially well suited to understand practitioner patient relationships in a medical care system that is technically, organizationally, economically, and ethically complex.
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 Lilly Santeliz
In order to understand the relevance of medical sociology, it is necessary to apply its particular style of thought to important aspects of the medical field: the change in the kind of diseases medicine faces today, an interdisciplinary approach to the medical crisis, and the doctor- (or health worker-) patient relationship.
In this case, medical sociology, while acknowledging the advantages of technology, seeks ways to use technology appropriately and/or to understand the social impact of medical technology so that the "whole" person is taken into account and not simply his/her anatomical/physiological mass.
For example, medical students can be introduced earlier to nursing homes and home care in order to visualize social context of the elderly (Hastings, 1996) Also, medical sociology will emphasize the prevention of disease as well as its treatment.
www.goshen.edu /bio/Biol410/BSSPapers98/lilly.htm   (3541 words)

 Medical Sociology Fact Sheet
A medical sociology concentration is helpful for students in pre-medicine, pharmacy, nursing, health care administration, medical technology, social work or pre-mortuary science.
Medical sociology, a subfield of sociology, examines topics such as the social aspects of physical and mental illness, physician-patient relationships, the organization and structure of health organizations and the socio-economic basis of the health care system.
Sociology majors with a medical sociology emphasis may select classes in the sociology of medicine, mental health, aging, women's health, death and dying, and bioethics.
www.ndsu.edu /ndsu/academic/factsheets/ahss/medsoc.shtml   (513 words)

 Syllabus   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
"Medical sociology is concerned with the distribution of disease and how that differs on the basis of class, race, sex, ethnicity, education, and other social factors.
Medical sociology looks at the sources of morbidity (disease) and mortality (death) as stemming from political, economic, cultural, and professional forces, as well as from biomedical factors.
Medical sociology is also interested in how people experience illness and how they make their way to various providers and institutions to seek care.
www.siena.edu /matcha/schedule1.htm   (1833 words)

 Sociology Fact Sheet
Sociology is the study of human social interaction and social organizations, especially as an operating system.
Sociology majors develop research and analytical skills and a perspective that prepares them to address social concerns.
Sociology majors explore numerous interests within the program including community development, gerontology, medical sociology, applied sociology and gender issues by taking classes in the areas of their choice
www.ndsu.edu /ndsu/academic/factsheets/ahss/sociology.shtml   (478 words)

Degree offered: M.A. Program Description: The Department of Sociology and Anthropology offers a graduate program leading to a Master of Arts degree in applied sociology designed to prepare students to be analysts/researchers primarily in the areas of health or aging but with the opportunity to focus on related areas of sociology.
Applicants who are otherwise qualified, but who have undergraduate backgrounds that are deficient in sociology course work, may be admitted, but will be required to pass SOCY 606 in their first year in the graduate program.
Sociology graduate students who register for SOCY 600 are required to register for SOCY 600L concurrently.
www.umbc.edu /tmp/sociology/grad.html   (3275 words)

 Sociology   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Sociology Research Design (Soc 201) is a full-year course that is required of second-year graduate students while writing their qualifying papers.
The PhD Program in Sociology and Social Policy (joint with the Kennedy School of Government) is particularly suitable for students who wish to combine theoretical and methodological expertise in sociology with policy training in the fields of urban poverty, inequality, segregation, labor market studies, and the like.
Sociology of economic development with special reference to the Caribbean; historical sociology of slavery and freedom; sociology of slavery; Caribbean and Afro-American culture and social structure; ethnicity from a critical and social-philosophical perspective.
www.gsas.harvard.edu /programs/degree/socio.html   (2046 words)

Medical Sociology examines the impact of social factors on the health and illness of people and the system of medical services.
Students with a background in sociology but without the specific course requirements may be admitted provisionally, but must remove any deficiencies within the first year of graduate study.
The class is designed as an introductory approach to the sociology of religion, and the first in a two-step sequence, undergraduate and graduate.
www.unomaha.edu /graduate/catalog/2001-2002/degree/sociology.html   (2462 words)

 Rockhurst University College of Arts & Sciences   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
A certificate in Medical Sociology and Health Care Administration is awarded concurrently with the awarding of a bachelor's degree or to a student who already has a bachelor's degree.
A study of the sociology of family life, emphasizing courtship, marriage, parenting, survival of divorce and death of spouse, later years.
Relationship of sociological concepts to health and medical care; cultural and class variations in health and health care; social and cultural aspects of health; medical roles; financing of medical care and medical care organization.
www.rockhurst.edu /academic/deansoffice/med_soc.asp   (729 words)

 Sociology Graduate Program   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The Ph.D. program consists of three sociology core courses (in medical sociology, sociology of health and illness, and social medicine) along with work in sociological theory, statistics, qualitative methods, and quantitative methods.
Medical sociologists work as professors and as researchers in academic as well as applied settings, such as research institutes, government agencies, and health insurance companies to name a few.
Faculty are involved in research on environment-behavior relations, aging, social stratification, sex roles, deviance, medical sociology, and medical demography.
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 SOCI4520: Medical Sociology - Chapter 1   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Identified social and economic conditions as being primary causes of an an epidemic of typhus fever in 1847 and lobbied for improved living conditions for the poor as a primary preventive technique.
Medical schools began to hire medical sociologists for their faculties.
Institutionalization of Medical Sociology: in 1959 medial sociology was accepted as a formal section of the American Sociological Association, in 1965 the formal journal "the Journal of Health and Social Behavior" was issued by ASA.
www.nccu.edu /~huang/soci4520/ch4521.htm   (540 words)

 Sociology of Health & Illness - Journal Information
Sociology of Health and Illness is an international journal which publishes sociological articles on all aspects of health, illness and medicine.
The journal provides a sociological perspective on the theory of medical knowledge, the practice of medical work and the experience of receiving or giving medical care.
" Sociology of Health and Illness is at the forefront of journals devoted to social sciences and health by virtue of the empirical, methodological and conceptual excellence of papers published in it.
www.blackwellpublishing.com /journal.asp?ref=0141-9889&site=1   (575 words)

 Sociology @ CWRU - Graduate Students   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
In the Department of Sociology of Case Western Reserve University, students are able to pursue graduate education in an environment in which both faculty and fellow students share interest in the sociology of aging and the life course, and in medical sociology.
Adam is a full-time research assistant on the NIH funded project "Alcohol Reduction in Medical Illnesses: HCV as Prototype." He works under the supervision of Dr. Eleanor Stoller and in conjuction with Dr. Neal Dawson at Metrohealth Medical Center.
Medical sociology; Cognitive aging; Social support and health in the elderly; The influence of race and ethnicity in health access
socwww.cwru.edu /graduate_students.htm   (1436 words)

 Graduate Level Programs In Medical Sociology
Illness; SOC258: Sociology of psychiatry; SOC272: Sociology of
It aims to prepare candidates for a career of teaching and research in medical sociology, and there is consequently a preference for applicants with the potential to proceed to the doctoral degree.
Within medical sociology, there are three major areas of emphasis: aging, chronic illness, and disability; women, health, and healing; and health policy, politics, and economics.
dept.kent.edu /sociology/asamedsoc/gradprog.htm   (3951 words)

 UMBC Graduate Programs in Applied Sociology   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The Department of Sociology and Anthropology offers a graduate program leading to a Master of Arts degree in Applied Sociology designed to prepare students to be analysts/researchers primarily in the areas of health or aging but with the opportunity to focus on related areas of sociology.
Medical Sociology, Sociology of Aging, Gerontological Health, Research Methodology.
For such students, the requirement to take SOCY 606 is in addition to the credit-hours needed to complete the M.A. Applicants who qualify for full graduate status but who are not applicants for a degree may enroll as nondegree students.
www.umbc.edu /GradProg/socy.html   (1126 words)

 Department of Sociology @ CASE - Faculty
She has studied and written about gender differences in medical specialty choice, links between family life and the career paths and patterns of physicians, sexual harassment in medical training, and how women and men "do gender" and family in medical marriages.
She was previously a tenured associate professor of sociology and criminology at Ohio Northern University.
Settersten's interests relate to the sociology of the life course, and to the ways in which the life course is conditioned by age, time, and social contexts.
www.cwru.edu /artsci/soci/faculty.html   (1284 words)

 Amazon.co.uk: Sociology as Applied to Medicine: Books   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
An introduction to medical sociology for medical students, health professionals of all kinds and sociology students.
This revised and updated version of Sociology as Applied to Medicine promises a comprehensive readable introduction to medical sociology, and certainly does deliver.
Important theories and studies are summarised, saving busy medical students the chore of trawling through the daunting original papers, and every paragraph is highly relevant.
www.amazon.co.uk /exec/obidos/ASIN/0702026654   (957 words)

 SAGE Publications - Medical Power and Social Knowledge   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The fully revised edition of this successful textbook provides a comprehensive introduction to medical sociology and an assessment of its significance for social theory and the social sciences.
It includes a completely revised chapter on mental health and new chapters on the sociology of the body and on the relationship between health and risk in contemporary societies.
`Bryan Turner has built on his previous work on the sociology of the body to expand, redefine, and evaluate critically medical sociology, producing a broad interdisciplinary synthesis of approaches to health, illness and the medical professions....
www.sagepub.co.uk /printerfriendly.aspx?pid=105004&ptype=B   (411 words)

 Department of Sociology | Brandeis University
Study of medical anthropology and health policy are available in cognate departments.
Peter Conrad: Medicalization of Deviance, Experience of Illness, Social Meanings and Impacts of the New Genetics.
Phil Brown, Professor of Sociology, Brown University; author of Transfer of Care: Psychiatric Deinstitutionalization and its Aftermath; Perspectives on Medical Sociology (ed.); Catskill culture: a mountain rat's memories of the great Jewish resort area (Temple University Press, 1998); No safe place: toxic waste, leukemia, and community action (University of California Press, 1990).
www.brandeis.edu /departments/sociology/medical.html   (513 words)

 MSc Medical Sociology   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
This new programme is intended to provide students with theoretical and empirical knowledge of the social context of health and health care, critical judgement in evaluating theory and data, and in creating a body of research for the future.
The programme will enable students to develop their understandings of how sociological aspects of health may be related to professional healthcare work, practice and policy through application in particular case studies and engagement with current research.
Key concepts and theoretical approaches will be introduced, with specific reference to the nature of medical power/knowledge and professional dominance; social diversity and inequalities in health; concepts and experiences of health and illness; the social relations linking medical and lay worlds; and processes of social transformation and change in health, medicine and society.
www.sps.ed.ac.uk /gradschool/med/medsoc.html   (373 words)

 Soc 321: Sociology of Medical Practice   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Course Objective: This course is designed to introduce students to the sociology of medicine and the delivery of health care, with an emphasis on the interaction of patients, health care professionals, and social institutions.
Make-up exams are strongly discouraged and will only be given to students who provide a signed medical excuse or a letter from the Dean of Students.
Medical student attitudes toward the doctor-patient relationship, p.
www.unm.edu /~nicdao/321syllabus-F03.html   (1546 words)

 ScienceDaily Books : Perspectives in Medical Sociology   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Like its successful predecessors, the third edition of Perspectives in Medical Sociology's central theme is that health and illness cannot be understood simply by looking at biological phenomena and medical knowledge.
In addition to retaining some of the classic works, the third edition offers new selections with modern perspectives on managed care, worker health and safety, the nursing profession, gender/femininity and health, experiences of illness and narrative understanding, and the effects of race and socioeconomic status on health.
Study Highlights The Ramifications Of Medical Misdiagnosis (November 7, 2005) — A new study shows how common a medical misdiagnosis can be and how severely it can exacerbate a disease.
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 Dept. of Social and Behavioral Sciences - UCSF School of Nursing - University of California, San Francisco
SBS offers courses of study leading to a Ph.D. in sociology, with major emphasis on the sociology of health, medicine, and health care systems, and also courses of study for nurses leading to a M.S. or Ph.D. with an emphasis in health policy.
For the sociology Ph.D. program, enrollment is open to students with a bachelor's or master's degree in sociology or a related field.
During the first phase, all students are required to take courses in classical, interactionist, and contemporary sociological theory; qualitative and quantitative research methods, including advanced statistics; and medical sociology, including health policy and economics.
www.ucsf.edu /medsoc   (1110 words)

This graduate course explores some basic conceptual and theoretical aspects in medical sociology.
The primary focus of the course is on understanding varying constructions and contexts of health and illness.
Research in this subfield of medical sociology is vast and continues to grow by leaps and bounds and as a result, the readings in this course are meant to introduce students to a select number of topics.
www.unc.edu /~haritos/soc248/syl248.html   (1569 words)

 Medicine   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The Section on Medical Sociology examines the phenomena of health and illness, the social organization of health care delivery, and differential access to medical resources.
Medical Sociology - brings together social and behavioral scientists from a variety of backgrounds who share an interest in the social contexts of health, illness, and health care.
The purpose of the Section on Sociology of Mental Health is to provide an integrative supportive framework for research on social factors in mental health.
www2.pfeiffer.edu /~lridener/DSS/medheal.html   (2067 words)

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