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Department of Medical Sociology

Department leader:
Dr. Zsuzsa Győrffy, PhD, associate professor

Members of the department:
Dr. Virág Bognár , Bence Döbrössy, Dr. Edmond Girasek, Anna Susánszky, Szilvia Zörgő

Invited lecturer:
Dr. Katalin Kovács

PhD students:
Dr. Zsuzsanna Szél, Zsuzsa Koncz, Dr. Dániel Kulin

Aim of the course:
By the mid to late 20th century, the biomedical model in medicine was replaced by the biopsychosocial model. There are biological, psychological and social factors in the background of illness. This is the approach we take in this course in looking at various aspects of health, illness and medical work. Our aim is to introduce health professionals to the social factors they must be familiar with in working with patients. Topics include social stratification and health inequalities, the principles of health care systems, medicalisation and the changing medical profession, illness behaviour, intercultural issues in health care as well as the challenges of digital health.
Enhancing the research skills of students is a vital aim of the course, hence the teaching method in the practicals is project based.

Course structure
28 contact hours: 14 hours (7 classes) lecture + 14 hours (7 classes) practice

Lecture program:
Introduction to medical sociology, basic concepts and principles
Health and illness in society, a historical transformation of mortality and morbidity patterns
Social stratification, social inequalities and health
Intercultural healthcare
Globalisation and therapy choice
The challenges of digital health
Healthcare systems

Practices:
Preparation for project work and for the health care system workshop
Healthcare system workshop
Global poverty and inequalities, Inequalities and health- social class
Inequalities and health: age, ethnicity and gender
The doctor- patient relationship in the 21st century
Illness behaviour
The challenges of health care professionals- coping with stress
Compulsory subjects taught by the department
The sociology of healthcare and medicine – Faculty of Medicine
Medical sociology for dentistry- Faculty of Medicine
Pharmaceutical sociology- Faculty of Pharmacy

Compulsory subjects taught by the department:
The sociology of healthcare and medicine – Faculty of Medicine
Medical sociology for dentistry- Faculty of Medicine
Pharmaceutical sociology- Faculty of Pharmacy