Thank you for your interest in Health & Societies!

Welcome to HSOC! Please take a look around our site to learn more about who we are, what we do, and how to join our exciting program!


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Please take some time to check out our website for more info about the HSOC program. If you have questions that these pages do not answer, please email the program chair or undergraduate coordinator.
You may also contact members of the HSOC Student Advisory Board or the HSOC Major Advisors (MAP).  These are experienced HSOC-ers who can answer many of your questions.  

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

HSOC 0400 Medicine in History

HSOC 0480 Health & Societies

HSOC 1330 Bioethics

HSOC 1401 The People’s Health

HSOC 2457 History of Bioethics

HSOC 0490 Comparative Medicine

HSOC 1411 American Health Policy

HSOC 2537 Gender & Health

HSOC 2304 Insect Epidemiology

HSOC 2401 Social Determinants of Health

Freshman Seminars

HSOC 0311 Addiction

HSOC 0313 Cane and Able: Disability in America

HSOC 0387 Epidemics in History

HSOC 0361 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.