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Health, Illness and Society

Degree Type: Minor
College(s): College of Arts and Sciences

Why Choose the Health, Illness and Society Minor?

The Health, Illness, and Society minor gives students a broad, interdisciplinary understanding of the many cultural influences and social forces affecting diagnosis, treatment decisions, and the health care system, both in the U.S. and in other countries around the world. This minor includes courses in anthropology, sociology, and cultural geography, with elective course work in medical history, ethics, psychology, and health services. This minor will be a valuable complement to many programs of study at Ferris.

This interdisciplinary minor is designed to expand your understanding of health and illness in societies. This approach will facilitate your ability to effectively analyze health and illness at a variety of levels. The American Health Care system is one of the largest employers today. This is a valuable minor for students planning to enter any health-related occupations and/or professions.

It also provides valuable background for students majoring in human and social service-related programs. Employers today expect personnel who have a broad-based educational background. This minor will enhance your employment potential.

Admission Requirements

This Health, Illness and Society minor is open to any student admitted to Ferris State and pursuing a baccalaureate degree. The minor is designed to complement any Ferris major program. A maximum of 1/3 of the credits, but no more than 7 credits, in a minor may overlap with the student's major. Students may apply 6 credit hours of overlap between minors.

Graduation Requirements

An academic minor may only be awarded upon completion of a baccalaureate degree at Ferris State. This minor requires a minimum of 18 credits with a minimum 2.0 grade average in these courses.

Also, 50 percent of the credits for a minor must be taught by Ferris State University.

More Information

ADVISOR: Dr. Meral Topcu
PHONE: 231-591-2751

Department of Social Sciences
Ferris State University
820 Campus Drive, ASC 2108
Big Rapids, MI 49307
Phone: 231-591-2735

Required Courses
Credit Hours

Health, Illness and Society Minor

Medical Anthropology
World Medical Geography
Health-Illness in Society
Choose one:
Intro Cultural Anthropology
Cultural Geography
Introductory Sociology
Electives (choose 2):
Reproductive Health-Sexuality
History of Medical-Health Care
Ethics in Health Care
Biomedical Ethics
Abnormal Psychology
Health Related Social Services
The Field of Aging