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Sociology Of Health And Illness (Module)

Module description

This 15 credit module aims to provide training in the social and behavioural dimensions of public health, and to enable the analysis and evaluation of public health policy and practice from a sociological perspective.

Students completing this module will be able to:

  • apply medical sociological concepts to public health issues
  • take a critical approach to interpreting data.
  • understand the assumptions and approaches to social science research.

 At the end of the module students will be aware of the assumptions and methods of social science research and be able to apply sociological concepts to the analysis of public health issues.  In particular they will: 

  • Understand the significance of ‘lay’ theories and decision-making in relation to illness.
  • Be able to explain the impacts and responses to chronic illness and disability.
  • Understand the significance of socio-economic status, ethnicity and old age for health and service use.
  • Be able to explain the changing models of the patient/consumer in health care.


Staff information

Not applicable

Teaching pattern

Lectures and seminars

Module assessment - more information

Not applicable

Key information

Module code 7MHPH007

Credit level 7

Assessment written examination/s

Credit value 15

Semester Semester 1 (autumn)

Study abroad module No