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Medical Sociology

Week Date Course
1. szept. 10-14 Introduction: Basic concepts in sociology. The historical transformation of mortality patterns (Lecture; Dr. Katalin Kovács)
2. szept. 17-21. Inequalities in the society and in health and mortality. Measurements and trends. (Lecture; Dr. Katalin Kovács)
3. szept.24-29. The production of health inequalities. Health care types. (Lecture; Dr. Katalin Kovács)
4. okt. 1-6. Current developments in health care. (Lecture; Dr. Katalin Kovács)
5. okt.8-12. Medical doctors in the society. Professional socialization. (Lecture; Dr. Katalin Kovács)
6. okt. 15-19. Social change. The changing boundaries of medicine. Medicalization, pharmaceuticalization.
(Lecture; Dr. Katalin Kovács)
7. okt.22-26.  

National holiday

8. okt.29-nov. 2.  

Midterm Exam

9. nov.5-9. Inequalities in health: social class (practice).
10. nov.12-16. Inequalities in health: gender and age. (practice)
11. nov. 19-23. Inequalities in health: ethnicity and migration status. (practice)
12. nov.26-30. The social construction of meanings: seeking for help. (practice)
13. dec.3-7. The social construction of meanings: medicalization. (practice)
14. dec.10-14 The social construction of meanings: stigma and stigmatization. (practice)




Medical sociology timetable for 2018/19 first term

Group Day Time Location Teacher Teacher’s e-mail
EM1 Wednesday 15.20-16.50 EOK r.7 Zsuzsa Szántó


EM2 Monday 11.40-13.10 EOK r.5 Szilvia Ádám


EM3 Wednesday 15.10-16-40 EOK r 5 Bence Döbrössy


EM4 Tuesday 9.40-11-10 EOK r.4 Bence Döbrössy


EM5 Tuesday 8.00-9.30 EOK r.4 Bence Döbrössy


EM6 Monday 11.55-13.25 EOK r.2 Zsuzsa Szántó


EM7 Wednesday 13.30-15.00 EOK/1 Katalin Kovács


EM8 Tuesday 14.10-15.40 NET Barna (brown) lecture hall Zsuzsa Győrffy



Lectures: Tuesday 14.10-15.40 , NET Building Barna (brown) Lecture hall. Lectures are held in the first 7 weeks only


Name of the course: Medical Sociology

Code: AOKMAG425_1A            


 Secretary:     Jozefa Barreto (secretariat)  barreto.jozefa[at]

Secretariat: NET Building, 20th floor, Room-2015;  Tel: 210-2930/56114, 56501

With any request concerning the course, please first contact Jozefa Barreto, course secretary.

 Study affairs: Dr. Zsuzsa Szántó

Colleagues of the department

Szilvia Ádám

Bence Döbrössy

Anna Susánszky

Invited lecturers:

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