What is a concentration within HSOC?

A concentration is a block of six (6) courses about a topic within the broad discipline of Health & Societies.  A concentration provide each student with the opportunity to become expert within a particular area of interest.  Students curate these six courses from (1) lists of pre-approved courses (2) by petitioning relevant courses that they find across the university. 

HSOC Concentrations

Bioethics and Society
Disease and Culture 
Global Health  
Health Care Markets and Financing
Health Policy and Law
Public Health 
Race, Gender and Health 

Rules about what can and cannot be in your concentration:

  • Six Courses: You must have six courses (6 c.u.) focused on the topic of the concentration

  • Pre-approved courses:  These are not required but are preapproved for convenience as they are courses frequently taken by previous concentrators.

  • Core Courses: if your concentration has a core course those should be completed as soon as possible.

  • Non-College courses: Students may include up to and no more than three (3) in the concentration including core courses.

  • Petitioning Courses: Students may petition courses not on the pre-approved list to count for the concentration (see the petition form below). Concentration core courses should be completed before petitoning other courses.

  • Study Abroad: up to two (2) relevant courses may be used in the concentration. (Note: IHP is different, please consult one of your major advisors)
  • Changes in the concentration list of pre-approved courses: The lists of pre-approved courses for all the concentrations are evaluated and updated every year. Courses dropped from the pre-approved lists continue to count for those concentrations  
                --if the course counted for the concentration when it was taken and 
                --if the student was an HSOC major when they took the course.  

  • Worksheet updates:  your worksheet requires regular manual updating -- it does not update itself accurately 

How to Petition Courses for your Concentration

The petition process is simple.  HSOC Course Petition.docx

  • Download the petition form 

  • On the form, make an specific argument demonstrating how the material in the specific course is directly relevant to your concentration, and the other courses in your concentration.

  • Submit the petition and a course syllabus to the Director or Associate Director.

  • Note: We prefer that petitions are for current courses or courses taken in the previous semester. You may consult with the Director or Associate Director in advance about a course you want to take and may need to petition. Complete core courses before petitioning concentration courses.

Changes in HSOC Concentrations

This concentration was closed to new majors in May 2019
Disease and Society

Two new concentrations opened in May 2019
Disease and Culture (sociocultural and historical perspectives on health)
Race, Gender and Health (includes courses from the previous Gender and Health concentration)