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Health and Society HSOC

Instruction offered by members of the Faculty of Medicine.

Contact - Bachelor of Health Sciences program office

Junior Course

Health and Society 201 H(3-0)

Introduction to Health and Society

A cross-cultural and historical introduction to definitions and models of health, disease, and illness. Introduction to basic concepts in population health: mortality, morbidity, incidence, prevalence, rates; examination of schemes for critical appraisal of scientific studies in the health sciences; an overview of areas of concentration in the field of Health and Society.

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Senior Courses

Health and Society 301 H(3-0)

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 a critical analysis of the mechanisms and power relations involved in the societal uptake of various conceptions.

Prerequisites: Health and Society 201.

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Health and Society 311 H(3-0)

Health Services and Health Systems

Introduction to the health policy process, health care insurance, financing and delivery of health care, history of medicine, the legal basis for the Canadian health system, and public health, in international and historical perspective.

Prerequisites: Health and Society 201.

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Health and Society 401 H(3-0)

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.

Prerequisites: Health and Society 201.

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Health and Society 408 F(6-0)

Inquiry IV

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 & Society field. The importance of research design, qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods and the theoretical constructs that inform these approaches will be emphasized.

Prerequisites: Medical Science 308 and admission to the BHSc Honours program.

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Health and Society 591 H(3S-0)

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.

Prerequisites: Health and Society 401 and registration in the BHSc Honours Health and Society major.

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