Health, Culture and Societies explores the complex interaction among biological, social, and cultural realities, both present and past. The HCS joint concentration complements students’ learning experiences in any other Area of Concentration and provides a focal point for health-related futures.
About the Health, Culture, and Societies AOC
Health, wellness, and even disease can only be fully understood, we believe, through studying the complex interaction of biological, social, and cultural realities in societies past and present. The Joint AOC in Health, Culture, and Societies (HCS) fosters an understanding of the importance of these interwoven factors to explore experience, practice, policy, medical interventions, and the uses of data and information.
HCS is radically interdisciplinary (working across disciplines), even transdisciplinary (crossing academic study, professional work, and community engagement). We support students in exploring different aspects and conceptions of health in social and cultural contexts. A concern for long standing histories of health inequities, expert and local knowledge, and contemporary disparities is central to this program. Because practical experiences and professional exploration alternate with academic study and classroom instruction, this joint-AOC is particularly appropriate for students interested in health-related careers, broadly defined. Students in the program may come to health from a humanistic (i.e., artistic, literary, historical, philosophical, or ethical), a social scientific (i.e., anthropological, psychological, social, economic, or political), and/or a natural scientific (i.e., biological, biochemical, physiological, or epidemiologic) perspective.
Health, Culture, and Societies: Interdisciplinary ExplorationsINST 2200