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Medical Sociology

Name of the course: The Sociology of Healthcare and Medicine

Code: AOKMAG425_1A            

ECTS credits: 2

CONTACTS

 Secretary:     Csilla Motyovszki motyovszki.csilla@med.semmelweis-univ.hu  

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

 Study affairs: Bence Döbrössy   dobrossy.bence@med.semmelweis-univ.hu 

Exemptions:   See http://semmelweis.hu/magtud/en/education/exemptions-faq/

 

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 future medical doctors 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.

Competencies enhanced by the course:

  • Helping students acquire familiarity with the social environment which is necessary before meeting patients for the first time and all the way through the process of medical work.
  • Enabling students to understand the social and cultural factors that influence the health and illness related decisions patients make.
  • Sensitising students to the social determinants of health and illness behaviour through analysing cases.
  • Assisting students in comprehending the social and cultural aspects of systems of health care provision
  • Enhancing the students’ ability to plan and carry out research and function in small teams as part of the research work undertaken as part of the course

 

Study Material

Structure of the course:

The course starts with 7 lectures. The aim is to introduce some important and thought provoking topics in a stimulating way.

 

Week 1 10, September  

Introduction to medical sociology, basic concepts and principles

Lecture Bence Döbrössy
Week 2 17, September  

Health and illness in society, a historical transformation of mortality and morbidity patterns

Lecture Bence Döbrössy
Week 3 24, September  

Social stratification, social inequalities and health

Lecture Bence Döbrössy
Week 4 1, October  

Intercultural healthcare

Lecture Bence Döbrössy
Week 5 8, October  

Globalisation and therapy choice

Lecture Szilvia Zörgő
Week 6 15, October  

The challenges of digital health

Lecture Dr Zsuzsa  Győrffy
Week 7 22, October  

Healthcare systems

Lecture Dr. Girasek Edmond/ Bence Döbrössy
Week 8 28 -31 October-  

Preparation for project work and for health care system workshop

Practice Dr, Zsuzsa  Győrffy, Szilvia Zörgő, Dr. Edmond Girasek,

Bence Döbrössy

Week 9 4-8, November Healthcare system workshop Practice Dr, Zsuzsa  Győrffy, Szilvia Zörgő, Dr. Edmond Girasek,

Bence Döbrössy

Week 10 11-15 November  

Global poverty and inequalities, Inequalities and health- social class

Practice Dr, Zsuzsa  Győrffy, Szilvia Zörgő, Dr. Edmond Girasek,

Bence Döbrössy

Week 11 18- 22 November  

Inequalities and health: age, ethnicity  and gender

Practice Dr, Zsuzsa  Győrffy, Szilvia Zörgő, Dr. Edmond Girasek,

Bence Döbrössy

Week 12 25- 29 November  

The doctor- patient relationship in the 21st century

Practice Dr, Zsuzsa  Győrffy, Szilvia Zörgő, Dr. Edmond Girasek,

Bence Döbrössy

Week 13 2-6 December Illness behaviour Practice Dr, Zsuzsa  Győrffy, Szilvia Zörgő, Dr. Edmond Girasek,

Bence Döbrössy

Week 14 9- 13 December  

The challenges of health care professionals- coping with stress

Practice Dr, Zsuzsa  Győrffy, Szilvia Zörgő, Dr. Edmond Girasek,

Bence Döbrössy

 

Practicals start in week 8

Group Day Time Place Teacher Teacher’s email
EM 1 Monday 9.40 11.10 NET 4 Szilvia Zörgő zorgoszilvia@gmail.com
EM2 Monday 8.00-9.30 NET 10 Szilvia Zörgő zorgoszilvia@gmail.com
EM 3 Monday 11.10-12.50 NET 4 Bence Döbrössy dobrossy.bence@med.semmelweis-univ.hu
EM 4 Monday 8.00-9.30 EOK 5 Bence Döbrössy dobrossy.bence@med.semmelweis-univ.hu
EM 5 Monday 9.40- 11.10 NET 10 Dr. Zsuzsanna Győrffy gyorffy.zsuzsanna@med.semmelweis-univ.hu
EM 6 Monday 11.20-12.50 NET 10 Dr. Zsuzsanna Győrffy gyorffy.zsuzsanna@med.semmelweis-univ.hu
EM 7 Wednesday 11.35-13.05 EOK 6 Bence Döbrössy dobrossy.bence@med.semmelweis-univ.hu
EM 8 Wednesday 13.00-14.30 EOK 7 Dr. Edmond Girasek girasek.edmond@semmelweis-univ.hu

 

Lectures are held in Szent-Györgyi Albert Lecture hall in EOK on Tuesdays, 12.40-14.10.

Lectures are held from week 1 to week 7.

Requirements for getting the signature:

 

Participation in at least 75% of the practicals and completion of the project work

Project work:

Student will be given topic related tasks during the practicals which they will have to complete in groups in order the get the signature.

The tasks will involve finding topic related data in class, interpreting it and presenting it to the group, relating the topics discussed in class to the students’ own countries and experiences and sharing it with others, reading articles and summarising them and participating in games and activities. More information will be provided separately.

 

Assessment:

 

Written final exam to be held during the examination period consisting of 15 multiple choice questions based on lecture materials and a case analysis.

Grades:

0-50 points – 1

51- 60 points -2

61-74 points -3

75-84 points -4

85 points and over-       5

Study material for the exam:

Győrffy- Szántó ‘ Medical Sociology’ (Manuscript) Selected chapters only!

Gabe, Bury and Elston ‘ Key Concepts In Medical Sociology’ 2004 Selected chapters only!

Hannah Bradby: ‘ Medical Sociology, an introduction’ 2009 Selected chapters only!

Links to the books will be made available. Chapters to study will be specified.

Lecture notes and handouts posted on the departmental website