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!
Check out our Fall 2021 virtual introduction to the HSOC program. If you have questions that these pages do not answer, come to an upcoming info session or 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 260 Social Determinants of Health
HSOC 031 Addiction
HSOC 041 Cane and Able: Disability in America
HSOC 048 Epidemics in History
HSOC 059 Medical Missionaries and Partners
GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR VISITING CLASSES AND THE DEPARTMENT FOR PENN APPLICANTS
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.