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Department of Medical Sociology

Colleagues of the department

Department leader:
Zsuzsa Szántó

Szilvia Ádám
Bence Döbrössy
Zsuzsa Győrffy
Anna Susánszky

Invited lecturer:
Katalin Kovács

Course objective

The aim of the medical sociology course is to make future physicians acquainted with the social determinants of the health care system. This is done through topics most suitable to recognize the influences of the social environment while enable the students to mobilize their own knowledge and experiences in the learning process.

Contents: Social relationships between health, illness, and the operation of the health care service: social epidemiology (especially disease processes greatly influenced by psycho-social factors); relationships between social disadvantages and health status; The health care system and the characteristics of the medical professions, medical socialization; Sociological aspects of prevention, patient care and rehabilitation; Social basis and characteristics of health behavior, health status, and health care of minority groups, especially the Gypsy population

Course structure

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

2 hours of field work

Lecture program:
Basic terms of medical sociology (social control, social units, social processes, types of behavior); Social aspects of health and illness; Health status and the social structure (social epidemiology); Availability, utilization, and assessment of the health care services; Health care systems; Main trends in the social changes of health care.

Practice program
The sick role and the illness behavior; Social characteristics of chronic diseases; Health status, health behavior, and health care of the Gypsy population; The social world of the hospital; Sociological attributes of prevention, life style modification, and rehabilitation; Sociological aspects of the doctor-patient relationships; The health professions; The process of becoming a doctor, medical socialization; Self-destructive and risk behaviors.

Field work
Empirical application of the methods of medical sociology

Type of exam:
Final exam (test)

ECTS credits: 2

Required textbook: Barry, A-M, Yuill, C (2016): Understanding the sociology of health. London, Sage.