Minor in Health, Disease, and Culture

Catalog Year: 2023-2024


The Health, Disease, and Culture minor provides students with a multidisciplinary understanding of the social construction of health and diseases in modern and historical societies. A combination of courses in health, humanities, and social sciences allows for a view of health and disease from both a contemporary and historical lens with a variety of disciplinary perspectives.

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Minor Requirements

Total credits: 15

Core Courses

Social and Cultural Constructions of Health and Disease  
Select two courses from the following: 6
Humans, Disease, and Death (Mason Core)  
Medical Anthropology  
Foundations of Health Communication  
Family and Health Communication  
Introduction to Health Behavior (Mason Core)  
Health Communication  
Topics in Global History (Mason Core) (when topic is GLobal History of Disease)  
Death, Dying, and Decision Making  
Ethical Issues in Global Health  
Mental Illness and Criminal Justice  
Death, Dying, and Grieving  
Death and the Afterlife in Religion  
Spirituality and Healing (Mason Core)  
Gender, Health, and Culture in the United States  
Science of Health and Disease  
Select two courses from the following: 6
Medical Mycology  
Conservation Medicine  
Global Health (Mason Core)  
Introduction to Public Health  
Introduction to OneHealth  
Health Behavior Theories  
Health and Disease  
Health and Environment  
Global Health Interventions: History and Systems  
Global Health Interventions: Emerging Issues  
Fundamentals of Epidemiology  
Global Emerging Infectious Diseases  
Social Determinants of Health  
Social Determinants of Health
Culture, Sexuality and the Global AIDS Epidemic  
Study Abroad in Public Health  
Mindfulness, Meaning Well-Being  
Foundations of Resilience and Well-Being  
Contemporary Health: Intersections in Science and Society (Mason Core)  
Abnormal Psychology  
Science of Well Being  
Total Credits 12

Elective Course

Select course from above lists that was not used to meet another requirement or complete an internship with a health-related focus 3
Internship in Communication  
Global Experiential Learning  
International Internship  
Philosophy Internship  
Religious Studies Internship  
Internship in Sociology I (Mason Core)  
Internship in Women and Gender Studies  
Total Credits 3