Sociology of Health and Medicine, 7.5 credits

Academic year 2020/2021

  • Autumn 2020, 50%, Campus

    Start date: 4 November 2020

    End date: 17 January 2021

    Application deadline: 15 April 2020

    Application code: UU-23534 Application

    Language of instruction: English

    Location: Uppsala

    Selection: Higher education credits (maximum 285 credits)

Entry requirements: University degree of at least 180 credits, in sociology, social science, medicine, nursing, or another area relevant to critical studies of health.


If you are not a citizen of a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland, you are required to pay application or tuition fees. Formal exchange students will be exempted from tuition fees, as well as the application fee. Read more about fees.

Application fee: SEK 900

Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 12,500

Tuition fee, total: SEK 12,500

About the course

This course introduces sociological approaches to health, health care and medicine that have offered critical perspectives on understanding illness and suffering from subjective and structural perspectives.

There is an emphasis on understanding and comparing theoretical models of health, illness and healthcare so as to critically assess research. These theoretical approaches are emphasised for qualitative and quantitative approaches alike, and explore different forms of research (evaluation research, primary and secondary analysis, comparative research).

In addition to a range of theoretical approaches, different applications are covered, to show how theories such as embodiment are applicable across cultural and social settings.

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Department of Sociology

Engelska parken Thunbergsvägen 3H

Box 624, 751 26 UPPSALA


Study Counsellors


Telephone: +46 18 471 15 05, +46 18 471 10 74