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 

NOTE: Disease and Society terminates as a concentration in May 2020; it closed to new majors in 2019. 

Rules about what can and cannot be in your concentration

  • Pre-approved courses:  A list of pre-approved courses is provided for each concentration.  These are not required courses.  These are preapproved for convenience as courses that have been taken frequently 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 any course not on the pre-approved list to count for the concentration (see the petition form below). 

  • 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)
  • If there are changes in the list of pre-approved courses: The lists of pre-approved courses for all the concentrations are evaluated and updated every year. Any course dropped from the pre-approved list continues to count for those concentrations under these conditions:
                --if the course counted for the concentration when it was taken and 
                --if the student was an HSOC major when they took the course.  

How to Petition Courses for your Concentration

  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.