HSOC Requirements

HSOC is a 14 credit major, requiring 14 separate course.

REQUIREMENTS

1. Prerequisite
HSOC 010 (Health & Societies: Global Perspectives)  (1 cu)
OR
HSOC 145  (Comparative Medicine) Prerequisite (1 cu) effective May 1, 2015

In order to declare the major a student must have already taken or be currently taking HSOC 010 or HSOC 145 in their freshman or sophomore year.  There are no exceptions to this rule for students who enter Penn as a freshman or sophomore.*  A student not preregistered who wishes to take the class must: (a) contact Dr. Linker  in advance and (b) attend the first lectures and recitations.  Students who do not complete HSOC 10 or HSOC 145 will be dropped from the major until they complete the course.
*LPS and transfer students: contact Dr. Greene or Dr. Linker.

2. Social Science Methodology Course ( 1 cu) - One of these courses is required:
SOCI 100 (Introduction to Sociological Methods)
SOCI 111 (The Health of Populations)

3. Core Disciplines #1 (1 cu)
HSOC 002 (Medicine in History) or HSOC 150 (American Health Policy)

4. Core Discipline #2 (1 cu)
ANTH 238 (Medical Anthropology) or SOCI 175 (Medical Sociology)

5-7. Department Courses* (3 cu)
For all majors who declare after June 1, 2014, a department course is one taught by department faculty and on this list of department courses. (No other courses count as department courses, even if listed as HSOC or STSC, if not on this list).  Courses from study abroad cannot fulfill this requirement.

For all students who declared the HSOC major before June 1, 2014, the department course requirement can be met with any course designated HSOC or STSC.  Any three courses designated as HSOC or STSC courses fulfills this requirement; courses not designated in any way as HSOC or STSC or courses from study abroad can not fulfill this requirement.

8-13. FIELD OF CONCENTRATION (6 cu):
A concentration consists of SIX approved courses in ONE of these fields (see below for the different concentrations.  To declare the HSOC major a student must choose a concentration).

There is a list of pre-approved courses for each concentration.  In addition, students may Petition relevant courses to count for the concentration.  Students may include up to three courses from outside the College in their concentrations (including credits from other colleges and universities).

Follow these links to find out more about each concentration.

Bioethics and Society
Disease and Society
Environment and Health
Gender and Health
Health Care Markets and Finance
Health Policy and Law
Global Health
Public Health

14. CAPSTONE RESEARCH COURSE (1 cu)
(One course)
The research requirement is fulfilled by successful completion of any 400-level HSOC or STSC course in spring term of junior year or in the fall or spring term of senior year.  Independent studies (HSOC 499) and the first semester of the Senior Thesis (HSOC 420 HSOC Research Seminar) also fulfill this requirement.  The capstone requirement is a separate cu required for the major; it cannot count for any other requirement within the major.

WHAT COURSES AND GRADES COUNT FOR THE HSOC MAJOR

Courses

  • There is no current exception to the rule that in order to declare the HSOC major, a student must have taken or be currently enrolled in HSOC 10.
  • Core disciplines: There are no substitutes for courses that fulfill core requirements
  • Department Courses are courses listed as HSOC or STSC, AND are on the list of "department courses" taught by department faculty.  No other courses fulfill this 3 c.u. requirement.  Courses from abroad cannot fulfill the department course requirement nor can non-department courses be petitioned to fulfill this requirement.
  • Pre-approved courses for the concentrations count automatically, all others must be petitioned (for the concentration only, not for core requirements)
  • Courses from outside the College: Students may have a maximum of three. 
  • Transfer courses count if approved through XCat
  • Study Abroad courses count if approved through XCat and in general, only for the concentration and not to substitute for core courses or department electives  (there are a very few exceptions to this rule.)   Up to 2 cu may be accepted for HSOC, into the concentration.  From the IHP program, up to three courses may be counted due to the nature of this program.
  • AP courses do not count toward the HSOC major
  • There is no double-counting of courses between different parts of the major.  Students need 14 separate c.u. to complete the major
  • Seniors may not petition courses after the add period ends during their last semester of senior year.

 Grades

  • Minimum grade required for credit in the HSOC major is a C-
  • Courses taken Pass-Fail do not count toward the HSOC major

OLD REQUIREMENTS (for majors who declared HSOC before June 15, 2013)

1. HSOC 010 (Health & Societies: Global Perspectives) (1 cu)

This course is a pre-requisite to becoming an HSOC major. In order to declare the major a student must have already taken or be currently taking HSOC 10.  There are no exceptions to this rule.*  Since this course fills up quickly and stays full, any student not preregistered who wishes to take the class must: (a) contact the instructor in advance and (b) attend the first lectures and recitations. 
*LPS students and transfer students should contact Dr. Greene or Dr. Linker.

2. Social Science Methodology Course ( 1 cu) - One of these courses is required:
HSOC 100 (Introduction to Sociological Methods)
HSOC 111 (The Health of Populations)

3-4. Core Disciplines (2 cu) - TWO of these courses are required:
HSOC 002 (Medicine in History)
HSOC 275 (Medical Sociology)
HSOC 238 (Medical Anthropology)

5-7. Department electives (3 cu)
THREE courses listed as HSOC or STSC.

8-13. FIELD OF CONCENTRATION (6 cu):
SIX approved courses in ONE of these fields (follow links to see the list of pre-approved courses for each concentration--other courses may be approved by Petition to Dr. Linker or Dr. Greene) HSOC major may include up to three courses from outside the College in their concentrations (including transfer credits from other colleges and universities).

Bioethics and Society
Disease and Society
Environment and Health
Gender and Health
Health Care Markets and Finance
Health Policy and Law
Global Health
Public Health

14. CAPSTONE RESEARCH REQUIREMENT 


 

 




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