Concentration Rules

  • no more than three non-College courses are permitted
  • elective courses not on this list may petitioned
  • there is no doublecounting between the concentration and the rest of the major
  • courses not used for the core course may be used as topical electives

Students in the HBS concentration cannot  minor in Bioethics.

Core Disciplines (1 cu required)
STSC 001 Emergence of Modern Science (HSOC 001)
HSOC 002 Medicine in History (STSC 002, HIST 036)
STSC 003 Technology and Society (HSOC 003, SOCI 033)

Core Bioethics Courses (I cu required)
HSOC 102 Bioethics (SOCI 101)
HSOC 140 History of Bioethics
PHIL 072   Biomedical Ethics

Students must take one course for each of the following categories.  
This may be a pre-approved course OR a petitioned course.

Philosophical and Religious Foundations
HSOC 102 Bioethics (SOCI 101)
*NURS 330 Health Care Ethics
PHIL 002 Ethics
PHIL 072 Biomedical Ethics 
PHIL 425 Philosophy of Science
STSC 208 Science and Religion

Social and Institutional Contexts
ANTH 273 Global Health: Anthropological Perspectives
ANTH 332 Medicine and the Language of Pain
ENVS 406 Community-Based Env. Health
GSWS 242 Science of Sex and Sexuality
HSOC 112 The People's Health
HSOC 216 Gender and Health
HSOC 241 Stem Cells
HSOC 260 Social Determinants of Health
HSOC 337 Race and Medicine in the Global South
**HSOC 430 Disease and Society
*NURS 318 Race/Class/Gender in Health
*NURS 324 U.S. Child Health
SOCI 111 Health of Populations (HSOC 111)

Technologies, Practices and Practitioners

ANTH 260 Cultures of Science and Technology
ENVS 404 Urban Environments: Lead in West Philadelphia
HSOC 251 Foundations of Public Health
HSOC 259 Complementary and Alternative Medicine
PPE 272 Ethics and the Professions (PHIL 272)
STSC 160 Information Age (SOCI 161)
STSC 162 Tech and Medicine in Mod America (HSOC 152)
STSC 212 Science, Technology and Warfare (HSOC 212)

Law, Politics and Public Policy

*BIOE 575 Health Policy      
*HCMG 101 Health Care Systems
HSOC 150 American Health Policy
HSOC 382 Public Health and Violence
*LGST 100 Ethics and Social Responsibility
*LGST 101 Law and Social Values
PSCI 135 Politics of Food (HSOC 135)
PSCI 221 Health Poliitcs and Policy in Comparative Perspective
PSCI 414 Comparative Politics of the Welfare State
*PUBH 507 Ethics, Law and Public Health
SOCI 134 Health and Social Policy
SOCI 135 Law and Society
SOCI 235 Law and Social Change

 *non-College course
**If this course is used in the concentration, it cannot be used to fulfill the capstone requirement