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Care, Health & Society

Bachelor of Science

The Bachelor of Science in Care, Health & Society prepares students to pursue careers in medicine, public health, nursing and other health professions.

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This innovative, interdisciplinary degree program offered by the School of Sociology provides students with a unique opportunity to focus their undergraduate studies on the social dimensions of health and health care. Our core faculty members represent a range of disciplines and perspectives on health, including medical sociology, nursing, social work, public health and gerontology. The degree is applied because it requires a semester-long internship in a health-related organization. Graduates are well prepared to work in medical and health care support, public and social services, administration, human services, and community outreach. This major also provides excellent preparation for graduate studies in a range of health programs.​

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Career Level: Undergraduate
Degree: Bachelor of Science
College: College of Social And Behavioral Sciences

Cost & Eligibility

Per Unit Cost: $500
*Residents of some U.S. Territories may not be eligible. Please see our Eligibility & State Authorization page for more information.

Wondering about the specific classes you can take in this program? See the course descriptions below.

  • CHS 204: Introduction to the Helping Professions - Introduction to the U.S. health care system and a range of health professions.
  • CHS 401: Health Disparities in Society - Introduction to the sociological study of health disparities. The core focus is the social patterning of health. Specific topics include socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, gender, aging, family, and religion.
  • CHS 476: Research and Analysis of Health Data - Introduction to the quantitative analysis of health disparity data. The course covers statistical analyses, analysis of biomarkers, and self-reported health disparity data.
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Program Experience Overview

Earning your degree in Care, Health & Society trains you to have an impactful career within a helping profession. This program offers a rare undergraduate opportunity to focus on the social dimensions of health and health care so you can be the change you want to see in the world.

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