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Department of Sociology

Certificate in Social Research in Health and Medicine

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

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.


The certificate requires at least 24 credit hours, including the requirements listed below.
  1. Basic Social Science. Two (2) courses:
    • SOC-S 100 Introduction to Sociology
    • SOC-S 101 Social Problems and Policies (approved topic: "Medicine in America")
    • ANTH-E 260 Culture, Health, and Illness
    • PSY-P 101 Introductory Psychology I
  2. Research Methods in Sociology. One (1) course:
    • SOC-S 370 Research Methods in Sociology
  3. Statistics. One (1) course:
    • SOC-S 110 Charts, Graphs, and Tables
    • SOC-S 371 Statistics in Sociology
    • PSY-K 300 Statistical Techniques
    • ECON-E 370 Statistical Analysis for Business and Economics
    • ECON-S 370 Statistical Analysis for Business and Economics: Honors
    • STAT-K 310 Statistical Techniques
  4. Advanced. Three (3) courses:
    • ANTH-B 260 Biocultural Medical Anthropology
    • ANTH-B 312 Evolutionary Medicine
    • ANTH-B 340 Hormones and Human Behavior
    • ANTH-B 480 Human Growth and Development
    • PSY-P 303 Health Psychology
    • PSY-P 315 Developmental Psychology
    • PSY-P 324 Abnormal Psychology
    • SOC-S 305 Population
    • SOC-S 324 Sociology of Mental Illness
    • SOC-S 358 Social Inequalities in Health and Health Care
    • SOC-S 365 Health and Society: Sociology for Health Professionals
    • SPH-H 311
  5. Capstone. One (1) course:
    • SOC-S 410 Topics in Social Organization (approved topics only; see academic advisor)
    • SOC-S 431 Topics in Social Psychology (approved topics only; see academic advisor)
    • SOC-S 498 Honors Thesis Seminar I
    • SOC-S 499 Honors Thesis Seminar II
  6. Certificate GPA, Hours, and Minimum Grade Requirements.
    1. 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.
    2. Certificate 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.
    3. Certificate Upper Division Credit Hours. At least 9 credit hours in the certificate must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    4. 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.

Certificate Area Courses

Unless otherwise noted below, the following courses are considered in the academic program and will count toward academic program requirements as appropriate:

  • Any course contained on the course lists for the academic program requirements at the time the course is taken—as well as any other courses that are deemed functionally equivalent—except for those listed only under Addenda Requirements
  • Any course directed to a non-Addenda requirement through an approved exception

This program of study cannot be combined with the following:

  • Bachelor of Arts in African American and African Diaspora Studies and Sociology (AAADSOCBA)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Sociology (SOCBA)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Sociology - TSAP version (SOCTSBA)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and African American and African Diaspora Studies (SOCAAADBA)
  • Minor in Social Science and Medicine (SSMEDMIN)
  • Minor in Sociology (SOCMIN)
  • Minor in Sociology of Work and Business (SOCWKBSMIN)

Exceptions to and substitutions for certificate requirements may be made with the approval of the unit's Director of Undergraduate Studies, subject to final approval by the College of Arts and Sciences.