Students majoring in sociology may select a concentration of medical
sociology courses. These courses form a background for students planning
to work in health care institutions or social service agencies that
provide assistance to people with medical problems and/or disabilities.
A medical sociology concentration is helpful for students in pre-medicine,
pharmacy, nursing, health care administration, medical technology, social
work or pre-mortuary science.
Medical sociology, a subfield of sociology, examines topics such as
the social aspects of physical and mental illness, physician-patient
relationships, the organization and structure of health organizations
and the socio-economic basis of the health care system. Sociology majors
who focus on medical sociology develop research and analytical skills
to address issues facing health care providers and those needing health
A basic background in the social and behavioral sciences is important
for a career in medical sociology. Students are encouraged to plan a
curriculum that gives them a broad general education. Many students
pursue their interest in sociology at the graduate level. North Dakota
State University offers graduate work leading to a master's degree.
Students then may elect to pursue Ph.D. degrees at other universities.
Persons with a background in medical sociology work in hospitals, nursing
homes, health care businesses or social service agencies that provide
assistance to those with medical problems and disabilities. They also
are employed as researchers, administrators, patient advocates, providers
of social support for patients, family intervention specialists, hospice
workers, personnel specialists, public relations officers, activity
directors, coordinators of hospital volunteers, employment interviewers,
health planners, policy analysts and management trainees.
Students typically complete internships in their junior or senior year.
Internship opportunities exist in many agencies in North Dakota and
Minnesota and can be done any time during the calendar year. Students
who complete internships are able to combine the theoretical and applied
aspects of professional preparation. Internships are an important element
of successful job placement. Past students have held internships at
MeritCare and Lutheran Social Services.
Sociology majors with a medical sociology emphasis may select classes
in the sociology of medicine, mental health, aging, women's health,
death and dying, and bioethics.
First Year F S
- Anth. 111 - Introduction to Anthropology - 3
- Comm. 110 - Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3 -
- Engl. 110, 120 - College Composition I, II 3 3
- Psyc. 111 - Introduction to Psychology - 3
- Soc. 110 - Introduction to Sociology 3 -
- General Education Requirements/Electives 6 6
- Total15 15
Second Year F S
- Soc. 115 - Social Problems - 3
- Soc. 214 - Social Interaction 3 -
- Soc. 233 - Social Organization 3 -
- General Education Requirements/Electives 9 12
- Total 15 15
Third Year F S
- Soc. 340 - Social Research Methods 3 -
- Soc. 341 - Social Research Methods Lab 1 -
- Soc. 422 - Development of Social Theory - 3
- Soc. 426 - Sociology of Medicine 3 -
- Soc. 440 - Sociology of Aging 3 -
- Stat. 330 - Introductory Statistics - 3
- General Education Requirements/Electives 5 9
- Total 15 15
Fourth Year F S
- Soc. 427 - Sociology of Mental Health - 3
- Soc. 441 - Sociology of Death - 3
- Soc. 442 - Current Issues in Medicine - 3
- Soc. 496 - Internship 6 -
- General Education Requirements/Electives 9 8
- Total 15 17
- Curriculum Total 122
A wide variety of elective courses and academic minors
can be effectively combined with a concentration in medical sociology.
Your medical sociology adviser will work with you to select a minor
and elective courses that best fit your career aspirations. (This sample
curriculum focuses on courses related to medical sociology and does
not include a full list of requirements for the University's general
education requirements or those required by the College of Arts, Humanities
and Social Sciences).
This sample curriculum is not intended to serve as a curriculum guide
for current students, but rather an example of course offerings for
prospective students. For the curriculum requirements in effect at the
time of entrance into a program, consult with an academic adviser or
with the Office of Registration and Records.
Kathleen Slobin, Ph.D.
Daniel J. Klenow, Ph.D
Department of Sociology-Anthropology
North Dakota State University
Minard Hall 402
Fargo, ND 58105
Tel: (701) 231-8657
Fax: (701) 231-1047
Office of Admission
North Dakota State University
Dept 5230, PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050
Tel: (701) 231-8643
Fax: (701) 231-8802