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Certificate in Social Research in Health and Medicine (SOCRHMACRT)Department of Sociology

Students on Summer 2020, Fall 2020, or Spring 2021 requirements.


The certificate provides students with an in-depth exposure to social science approaches to health and health behavior. Students obtain basic training in social science, research methods, and statistics, and foster an interdisciplinary perspective in health that prepares them for the modern world of medicine, nursing, and health policy.

Certificate requirements

The certificate requires at least 24 credit hours, including the requirements listed below.

  1. Basic Social Science. Two (2) courses:
    • (approved topic: "Medicine in America")
  2. Research Methods in Sociology. One (1) course:
  3. Statistics. One (1) course:
  4. Advanced. Three (3) courses:
    • SPEA-H 322 Principles of Epidemiology
    • SPEA-H 324 Health Policy
    • SPEA-H 354 Health Economics
    • SPEA-H 411 Chronic and Long-term Care Administration
    • SPH-B 310 Hlth Care in Diverse Communities
    • SPH-H 311
  5. Capstone. One (1) course:
    • (approved topics only; see academic advisor)
    • (approved topics only; see academic advisor)
  6. GPA and Hours Requirements.
    1. Certificate Residency. At least 9 credit hours in the certificate must be completed in courses taken through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.
    2. Certificate Upper Division Courses. At least 9 credit hours in the certificate must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    3. Minimum Grade. Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the certificate.
    4. Certificate GPA. A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the certificate—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.