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KATEMHS-EP06 Sociology of Health 4 op
Organised by
Public Health
Person in charge
Principal lecturer Pekka Virtanen
Preceding studies
Bachelor level knowledge of public health
Corresponding course units in the curriculum
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Curricula 2011 – 2012
MHS-EP06 Sociology of Health 4 ECTS

General description

To understand health and illness and health care as social phenomena

Learning outcomes

To understand health and illness and health care as social phenomena


Basic concepts of the sociology of health, health care and professions as social institutions, the cultural contexts of health and illness.

Teaching methods

Teaching method Contact Online

A book exam

Teaching language


Modes of study

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Open University Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
Written exam 
In English

A book exam

Evaluation and evaluation criteria

Numeric 1-5.
The book exam is evaluated on a scale of 1-5 or failed.

Study materials

White K. An introduction to sociology of health and illness. Sage 2008.

Thomas R. Society and health. Sociology for health professionals. Kluwer 2005. (Also an electronic publication)

Lee K, Buse K, Fustukian S. (eds.) Health policy in a globalising world. Cambridge University Press 2002. (Also as an electronic publication)

Belongs to following study modules

Archived Teaching Schedule. Please refer to current Teaching Shedule.
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