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Medical Sociology (minor)

15 Credits  |   Main Campus

Learn about the intersection of health, society and culture. Pursue a minor in medical sociology to make a difference in the world.

Trinity offers Medical Sociology as a concentration for Sociology majors and a 15-credit minor to all other major programs through the College of Arts and Sciences. The multi-disciplinary field draws on theories and methods from sociology, anthropology, medicine and public health. The sociology minor is based on the growing recognition that health cannot be understood simply as a biological phenomenon, but also a social phenomenon, which means considering how social, cultural, political and economic factors influence individual and group health outcomes.

As a subfield of Sociology, research topics of medical sociology include:

  • Social factors that influence health, such as poverty, inequality, discrimination, and lack of access to health care.
  • Health disparities among groups based on race, ethnicity, gender and socioeconomic status
  • The role of social institutions and its affects on health and wellbeing
  • The ethics of health care in patient-provider relationships

A minor in medical sociology is ideal for individuals who wish to improve the health care system, advocate for social justice in healthcare, and promote health lifestyles. Students pursuing this minor are challenged to explore the intricate relationship between social structure and health, including how the organization of various social institutions may differentially influence individual and group health outcomes.  This understanding is critical for the creation of an equitable healthcare system. Students pursuing the Medical Sociology minor should be well placed to pursue an interrogation of the social determinants of health and the broader structural factors that shape organizational structures used by health care providers; knowledge that is pertinent for the improvement of health care delivery and the development of community outreach programs.

What You’ll Learn

Understand the social factors that influence health and illness

Improve the delivery of health care

Promote health lifestyles

Advocate for social justice in health care

Global Careers

Health policy analyst

Health educator

Medical Sociologist

Social Worker

Public Health Researcher

Patient Advocate

Bachelor’s Degree

Bachelor’s Degree
Public Health

Bachelor’s Degree
Social Work

Applying to the Medical Sociology (minor) Program

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College of Arts & Sciences Admissions Requirements

Applying to the College of Arts & Sciences is a 5-step process:

  • Step One: Apply to Trinity
  • Step Two: Have your School Administrator submit your Official Transcripts (High School/College/Home School/GED) – International Transcripts must be evaluated prior to submission
  • Step Three: Submit Essay “Where do I see myself after obtaining a TWU degree?”
  • Step Four:  Submit your Recommendation Letter(s) (Teacher/Guidance Counselor/Mentor)
  • Step Five: Once your application is submitted, use your log-in credentials to check your status

Admissions Criteria:

  • First-Time Freshman candidates for admission should complete a secondary school program that includes 16 academic units: English, Mathematics (algebra, geometry, and trigonometry), Science to include Lab work (biology, chemistry, and physics), History, Foreign Language, and Social Science.
  • Transfer candidates must submit official college transcripts from each previously attended college or university.
  • Optional Standardized tests such as the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT I) and/or the American College Test (ACT) can be submitted.  To have your scores sent to us use SAT code 5796 and ACT code 0696.
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average 2.0 (on 4.0 Scale).