2022-2023 Catalog 
    Jun 21, 2024  
2022-2023 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Undergraduate Certificate in Social Dimensions of Health and Health Care

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The Sociology Department has a strong emphasis in multiple social dimensions of health and health care, highlighting the impact of ones position in the social structure on risk of exposure to various disease vectors and risks of disaster impacts, access to health care and the likelihood of treatment, and health outcomes. Stereotypes, stigma, and social construction of body image and “worthiness” of people and diseases for medial, financial, and political intervention play a central role in this process. Mitigating and aggravating factors such as race, sex, disability, culture, values, religion, wealth, age, and other social dimensions will be considered in relation to risk and vulnerability to disease, injury, and disasters.

For sociology majors, minors, and other students wishing to concentrate in these areas, we offer an undergraduate certificate of specialization. The certificate is commendable to a wide variety of employers and educational institutions, including disaster response centers, organizations, and non-governmental organizations, aging services, social work, graduate and professional schools, mental health organizations, and social services. Participation in the certification program also provides students with opportunities for networking and mentoring.

Dr. Michèle Companion (mcompani@uccs.edu) is the coordinator of the Undergraduate Certificate in Social Dimensions of Health and Health Care.

General Requirements

  • All students must earn a minimum grade of B+ (3.3) in each course applied to the certificate.
  • Students who are not Sociology majors or minors must complete 3 additional credit hours of lower division Sociology credit before enrolling in the certificate program. All courses must be offered through the Sociology program. Independent studies may not be used to earn this certificate.
  • This certificate requires at least four courses/12 credit hours.

Course Requirements

Certification Process

Students wishing to enroll in this certificate program must turn in an application to the Certificate Coordinator and are encouraged to enroll by their junior year. To complete the program, students are required to submit a transcript and a five-page, typewritten self-statement which evaluates the changes in the student’s perceptions of the social dimensions of health and health care as a result of program participation, and implications for future scholarly and professional work. The certificate will be mailed to recipients upon completion of a certificate audit and graduation.

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