Name of the course: The Sociology of Healthcare and Medicine
ECTS credits: 2
Secretary: Csilla Motyovszki email@example.com
Secretariat: NET Building, 20th floor, Room-2015; Tel: 210-2930/56114, 56501.
Study affairs: Bence Döbrössy firstname.lastname@example.org
Exemptions: See https://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
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: 6 February Introduction to medical sociology, basic concepts and principles. (lecture Bence Döbrössy)
Week 2: 13, February Health and illness in society, a historical transformation of mortality and morbidity patterns. (lecture Bence Döbrössy)
Week 3: 20 February Social stratification, social inequalities and health (lecture Bence Döbrössy )
Week 4: 27 February Intercultural healthcare (lecture Bence Döbrössy )
Week 5: 5 March Globalisation and therapy choice (Lecture Szilvia Zörgő)
Week 6 12 March Postponed due to break ordered by the University
Week 7 16 March – 20 March Spring break
Week 8 23-28 March The challenges of digital health (lecture Dr Zsuzsa Győrffy ) (moodle only)
Week 9 30 March-3 April Health care systems (Lecture Dr Edmond Girasek) (moodle only)
Week 10 6 April- 10 April Preparation for project work and for health care system workshop (practical) ZOOM meeting
Week 11 13-17 April Health care systems workshop (practical) ZOOM meeting
Week 12 20-24 April Global poverty and inequalities, Inequalities and health- social class (practical) ZOOM meeting
Week 13 27 April- 1 May Inequalities and health: age, ethnicity and gender (practical) ZOOM meeting
Week 14 4-8 May The doctor- patient relationship in the 21st century (practical) ZOOM meeting
Week 15 11-15 May Illness behaviour (practical) ZOOM meeting
Practicals start in week 8
|Thursday||8000-930||NET 5||Bence Döbrössy
|Thursday||8000-930||NET 2||Priscilla Biancovilliemail@example.com|
|Friday||1000-1130||EOK 1||Dr. Julianna Borosfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Tuesday||1230-1400||Avicenna 2||Dr Edmond Girasekemail@example.com
|Monday||10.00-1130||NET 10||Szilvia Zörgőfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Thursday||1250-1420||EOK 5||Szilvia Zörgőemail@example.com|
|Thursday||940 1210||NET 5||Bence Döbrössy
|Tuesday||1020-1150||NET 10||Szilvia Zörgőfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Thursday||1430-1600||EOK 5||Bence Döbrössy
|Tuesday||10.00-1130||NET 2||Dr. Zsuzsa Szélemail@example.com|
|Tuesday||10.00-1130||NET9||dr. Boros Juliannafirstname.lastname@example.org|
Lectures are held in Hevesy György Lecture hall in EOK on Thursdays at 1330-1500
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
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.
Written final exam to be held during the examination period consisting of 20 multiple choice questions, 10 true or false questions and an essay type case analysis based on lecture materials.
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:
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 Moodles