Are you interested in how people can work together to prevent disease and protect community health? Are you concerned with health care inequalities that marginalize groups of people and place them at higher risk?

When you minor in Health and Society, you will engage in a multi-disciplinary study of the ways in which social, cultural, biological, and environmental factors contribute to the complexities of individual and population health.

You'll take classes across fields like anthropology, ethnic studies, and philosophy, and by the time you graduate, you’ll have applied your own values, skills, and experiences working with vulnerable populations to find a career path that empowers you to make a difference in people's lives.

  • have an interest in a career path within health care
  • are interested in the intersecting origins of health, wellness, and disability
  • want to be of meaningful service to other people
  • want to understand how local and global social inequalities impact human health
  • are excited by the idea of linking approaches to health from the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities

Life After Lawrence

Lawrentians enjoy careers in...

medicine, public health education, epidemiology, disaster preparedness, health consultant, allied health professions, hospital administration, genetic counseling, physician assistant, and sports medicine.

Lawrentians earn advanced degrees in...

biomedical ethics, medicine, public or global health, dentistry, nursing, physical or occupational therapy, health care administration, pharmacy, health policy.


Intern, work, or volunteer in health care

As part of this minor, you may choose to undertake an internship, paid employment, or volunteer work in the area of health care delivery, policy, or other work with vulnerable populations.

Apply social justice to human health

You will gain an understanding of the intersection of human health and social inequalities in both local and global contexts.

Learn to communicate your skills and competencies

In your classes, you will undertake serious self-reflection and learn to describe your skills and abilities relative to working with people in a caring capacity.

Explore the many factors influencing health, illness, and ability

Professors from the humanities and social and natural sciences will facilitate your learning about the causes and consequences of health, illness, and human abilities through the lenses of disciplines such as philosophy, ethnic studies, anthropology, and biology.

The Health and Society Curriculum

  • One course that places medical practice in a global or community setting
  • Two courses covering cultural & psychosocial aspects of health and illness or disability
  • One course that facilitates health career exploration and self-reflection concerning students’ values, experiences, and skills relative to possible careers in health care
  • Two courses in the biological, biochemical, or environmental basis of human health
  • An option for 100 hours of engaged learning or an additional elective

Sample of Course Descriptions