Singapore University of Social Sciences

Sociology of Health and Healthcare

Sociology of Health and Healthcare (SOC319)

Applications Open: To be confirmed

Applications Close: To be confirmed

Next Available Intake: To be confirmed

Course Types: Modular Undergraduate Course

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: To be confirmed

Area of Interest: Humanities & Social Sciences

Schemes: Alumni Continuing Education (ACE), Lifelong Learning Credit (L2C)

Funding: To be confirmed

School/Department: School of Humanities & Behavioural Sciences


As a comprehensive introduction to the sociology of health and healthcare, SOC319 Sociology of Health and Healthcare will examine the social causes, patterns and consequences of health and healthcare. This course will provide a contrasting sociological view from the biological or medical perspectives. The central topics will include the social construction of health and illness, the political economy of health care system, the social determinants of health, the experience of illness, access to healthcare and healthcare seeking, the medical professions, mental health, and complementary and alternative medicine. Throughout the course, we will draw insights from sociological scholarship as well as other disciplines and provide concrete examples from different countries including Singapore.

Level: 3
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every January


  • Introduction
  • The social construction of health and illness
  • Health, rights and the state
  • Comparative political economy of health care system
  • Social factors in health (1)
  • Social factors in health (2)
  • Experience of illness
  • Access to healthcare and health care seeking
  • Healthcare providers: physicians
  • Healthcare providers: nurses, physician assistants, and pharmacists
  • Mental health
  • Complementary and alternative medicine

Learning Outcome

  • Discuss the major perspectives, models, and theories in the sociology of health and healthcare
  • Examine the healthcare system as a social and political institution
  • Analyse the social inequalities in health and healthcare
  • Apply knowledge of sociology of health and healthcare to current issues of health and healthcare
  • Evaluate theoretical perspectives on health, mental health, and healthcare
  • Demonstrate skills in analytical thinking and written and spoken expression
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