Stanford Summer

Sociology of Health and Illness, Short Course

  • Application Deadline
  • 55 days
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Full programme)
    Tuition (Full programme)
  • English
  • Overview
  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding


By the end of the "Sociology of Health and Illness" course from Stanford Summer, students will:
  • have insight into the various ways of defining and measuring health, including mortality, morbidity, physical functioning, and quality of life
  • understand how a person’s socio-demographic characteristics influence his or her health, including his or her ability to access resources vital to maintaining health and receiving treatment;
  • understand how researchers employ theory and make causal inferences based on observational and experimental data;
  • comprehend how patients and practitioners understand health and illness and their roles in the health care process;
  • understand the role of medical care in the distribution of health outcomes across the population.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 55 days
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    3 units alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • Entry Level
  • More information Go To The Course Website

Programme Structure

Who stays healthy and who gets sick? How do individuals experience and make sense of illness? How do contextual factors (including socioeconomic status, race/ethnicity, culture, social networks, and hosital quality) shape health and health care? What constitutes quality medical care and who gets it?To what degree do the spaces we inhabit and the relationships we form shape our health? What avenues exist for improving health care and reducing health disparities?

In examining these questions, we will consider how social scientists, epidemiologists, public health experts, and physicians address them in research and in the field. Reflecting both qualitative and quantitative approaches, we will draw on literatures in social science, public health, and medicine.

Academic Requirements

To be eligible to apply, students must:
  • Be at least 18 years of age by the start of the program.
  • Have graduated from high school or secondary school or equivalent.
  • Have successfully completed at least one term of college or university courses following graduation from high school prior to applying (students who have already graduated from college or university are also eligible).
  • Be able to verify fluency in the English language

Tuition Fee Per Full Programme

  • USD 3156 International
  • USD 3156 National


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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