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Health Care–Social Issues

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Interdisciplinary Programs, EBU 3B
Computer Science and Engineering Building
Room 1108, Warren College

All courses, faculty listings, and curricular and degree requirements described herein are subject to change or deletion without notice.

Health Care–Social Issues is an interdisciplinary minor designed to enhance students’ competence in analyzing the complex social and ethical implications of health care controversies, policies, and delivery systems. Students gain an understanding of how the economy, culture, technology, and sociological and psychological processes influence modern health care. Although it is administered by Warren College, it is available to all UC San Diego undergraduate students with a general interest in health care as well as students considering careers in health care. This minor offers students the opportunity to examine health care from the perspectives of a wide range of disciplines, including anthropology, biology, cognitive science, economics, ethnic studies, global health, philosophy, psychology, sociology, and urban studies. This interdisciplinary curriculum offers a breadth of intellectual perspectives, enhancing students’ undergraduate education and preparing them for professional or graduate education in one of health care’s many disciplines.

Students should consult an academic adviser at their college to determine how the Health Care–Social Issues minor can best meet their college graduation requirements. Minor declarations must be made online using the TritonLink major and minor application.

Students are urged to supplement the Health Care–Social Issues minor with a health-related internship. The Academic Internship Program offers internship placements in clinical settings and with medical research teams that provide valuable experience, career clarification, and an opportunity to apply theories learned in course work.

Further information on the program is available at the Warren College Interdisciplinary Programs Office.

Health Care–Social Issues
Minor Requirements

The minor consists of three required courses and four elective courses. At least five courses must be taken at the upper-division level. Up to two upper-division courses may overlap with courses taken for a major. No more than three courses may be taken in any one discipline. For full descriptions of the following courses, see department listings.

Required Courses

SOCI 40—Sociology of Health-Care Issues

PHIL 163—Biomedical Ethics

One course in Urban Studies and Planning chosen from the following:

USP 143—The US Health-Care System

USP 144—Environmental and Preventive Health Issues

USP 145—Aging: Social and Health Policy Issues

USP 147—Case Studies in Health-Care Programs/Poor and Underserved Population

Elective Course Options


ANTH 2—Human Origins

ANBI 100—Special Topics in Biological Anthropology (topic approval required)

ANBI 120—Ethical Dilemmas in Biological Anthropology

ANBI 130—Biology of Inequality

ANBI 141—The Evolution of Human Diet

ANSC 100—Special Topics in Sociocultural Anthropology (topic approval required)

ANSC 101—Aging: Culture and Health

ANSC 105—Global Health and Inequality

ANSC 143—Mental Health as Global Health Priority

ANSC 144—Immigrant and Refugee Health

ANSC 146—A Global Health Perspective on HIV

ANSC 147—Global Health and Environment

ANSC 148—Global Health and Cultural Diversity

ANSC 164—The Anthropology of Medicine


BILD 20—Human Genetics in Modern Society

BILD 22—Human Nutrition

BILD 30—Biology of Plagues: Past and Present

BILD 36—AIDS, Science, and Society

BILD 38—Dementia, Science, and Society

BICD 136—AIDS, Science, and Society

Cognitive Science

COGS 174—Drugs: Brain, Mind, and Culture


COMM 108D—POB: Disability

COMM 108G—POB: Gender and Biomedicine

Critical Gender Studies

CGS 123—Gender and Reproductive Politics


ECON 140—Economics of Health Producers

ECON 141—Economics of Health Consumers

Ethnic Studies

ETHN 102—Science and Technology in Society: Race, Gender, and Class

ETHN 142—Medicine, Race, and the Global Politics of Inequality

ETHN 157—Madness and Urbanization: Social Identities and Mental Health/Illness in the Twentieth-Century American Metropolis

Global Health

GLBH 181—Essentials of Global Health


HILD 30—History of Public Health

HISC 108—History of Life Sciences in the Twentieth Century

HISC 109—Invention of Tropical Disease

HISC 115—History of Modern Medicine

HISC 116—History of Bioethics

HISC 117—History of Neurosciences

HISC 119—Biology and Society

HISC 180—Science and Public Policy


LING 146—Sociolinguistics in Deaf Communities


LTCS 155—Health, Illness, and Global Culture

LTWL 177—Literature and Aging

Rady School of Business

MGT 173—Project Management: Health Services


PHIL 147—Philosophy of Biology

PHIL 148—Philosophy and the Environment

PHIL 151—Philosophy of Neuroscience

PHIL 162—Contemporary Moral Issues

PHIL 164—Technology and Human Values

PHIL 173—Topics in Bioethics


PSYC 2—General Psychology: Biological Foundations

PSYC 60—Introduction to Statistics

PSYC 100—Clinical Psychology

PSYC 104—Introduction to Social Psychology

PSYC 124—Clinical Assessment and Treatment

PSYC 132—Hormones and Behavior

PSYC 134—Eating Disorders

PSYC 154—Behavior Modification

PSYC 155—Social Psychology and Medicine

PSYC 168—Psychological Disorders of Childhood

PSYC 169—Brain Damage and Mental Function

PSYC 172—Psychology of Human Sexuality

PSYC 179—Drugs, Addiction, and Mental Disorders

PSYC 181—Drugs and Behavior

PSYC 188—Impulse Control Disorders


SOCI 60—The Practice of Social Research

SOCI 70—General Sociology for Premedical Students

SOCI 107—Epidemiological Methods: Statistical Study of Diseases

SOCI 113—Sociology of the AIDS Epidemic

SOCI 120T—Special Topics in Culture, Language, and Social Interaction (topic approval required)

SOCI 134E—The Making of Modern Medicine

SOCI 135—Medical Sociology

SOCI 136E—Sociology of Mental Illness: A Historical Approach

SOCI 136F—Sociology of Mental Illness in Contemporary Society

SOCI 138—Genetics and Society

SOCI 140A—Defund Police and Prisons

SOCI 143—Suicide

SOCI 159—Special Topics in Social Organizations and Institutions (topic approval required)

SOCI 173—Sociology of Health, Illness, Medicine

Urban Studies and Planning

USP 143—The US Health-Care System

USP 144—Environmental and Preventive Health Issues

USP 145—Aging: Social and Health Policy Issues

USP 147—Case Studies in Health-Care Programs/Poor and Underserved Population

USP 148—Health and the Built Environment

Students may petition to substitute courses in the minor that have substantial content related to health care and society. Petitions should be submitted to the Warren College Interdisciplinary Programs Office. See department website for a current list of commonly accepted substitute electives.

Recommended Internship Experience

A health care related internship (AIP 197) is recommended and should be arranged at least one quarter in advance through the Academic Internship Program, Teaching + Learning Commons, Geisel Library, Clinical and research placements are available.