Thank you for your interest in Health & Societies!

Please explore the HSOC site!  Visit our Fall 2021 virtual introduction to the HSOC program. If you have questions that these pages to not answer, please  email the program chair or undergraduate coordinator.
You may also contact members of the HSOC Student Advisory Board or Major Advisors (MAP).  These are experienced HSOC-ers who can answer many questions.  

Here are some courses we recommend to students who want to explore the HSOC major:

HSOC 002 Medicine in History

HSOC 010 Health & Societies

HSOC 102 Bioethics

HSOC 112 The People’s Health

HSOC 140 History of Bioethics

HSOC 145 Comparative Medicine

HSOC 150 American Health Policy

HSOC 216   Gender & Health

HSOC 231 Insect Epidemiology

HSOC 248   Health, Politics and Social Movements

HSOC 251 Fundamentals of Public Health

HSOC 260 Social Determinants of Health

Freshman Seminars

HSOC 031 Addiction

HSOC 041 Cane and Able: Disability in America

HSOC 048 Epidemics in History

HSOC 059 Medical Missionaries and Partners



Prospective Penn applicants interested in HSOC should first email the HSOC program chair or Associate Director before visiting the department.  Any and all appointments with faculty must be arranged individually and depend on faculty availability.

The website for HSOC contains detailed information and we recommend that prospective students explore the HSOC site thoroughly in advance of their visit or any appointments with faculty.

The most appropriate classes for prospective students to visit are the lecture classes listed on the College of Arts and Sciences Course List for Visitors.  Seminars are generally not well-suited for observation and participation. All students should check first with the instructor to see if the day they plan to visit is actually a good day to see the class in action in case there are field trips or exams.