Science, technology & medicine

Like the sociology of health and illness, students to take this area are usually interested in concepts associated with health and medicine. Unlike the “health and illness” area, however, this area focuses on the technologies and institutions surrounding health outcomes. Students who take this minor area must be acquainted with any perspectives that suggest that the institutions with which people become connected (for example, which hospitals one goes to) affect their health, as well as theories which suggest that the technologies that are developed and offered within a given context are consequential for those individuals.