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Health & Society

Major in the College of Liberal Arts

The Health & Society major is an interdisciplinary liberal arts major that explores the broad socio-demographic, cultural, political, and ethical contexts that underlie health behavior, medical care, and health policy.

While focusing on health, students acquire a broad set of perspectives and methods that they can apply to any other substantive area.

Declaration Requirements

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Learn more about internal transfer requirements for the Health & Society major.

Prospective University of Texas at Austin students should visit UT Admissions to learn about the application process and how to declare a major.

How to Declare

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Current UT students interested in declaring Health & Society must submit an internal transfer application.

Attendance at an internal transfer information session is highly recommended.

Required Courses

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In addition to the general degree requirements listed by the College of Liberal Arts, the following courses are required to complete the major in Health & Society.

1. Foundational Course (3 hours)
2. Biology (3 hours)
3. Social/Behavioral Epidemiology (3 hours)
4. Methods & Statistics (3 hours)
5. Social Justice & Health (3 hours)
6. Study Tracks (12 hours)
7. Capstone (3 hours)

For specific information on required courses, students can view the Health & Society degree plan.

Specializations

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Students will choose one of the following tracks, completing 9 hours in their chosen track, and 3 additional hours in a secondary track.

1. Health & Behavior
2. Cultural Aspects of Health
3. Health Care & Economy
4. Population Health

Students with a UT GPA of 3.0 and a major GPA of 3.5 can choose to enroll in the departmental honors program and complete a two-semester thesis under the supervision of a faculty member.

Skills

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Health & Society students are interested in questions such as:

Why is there such social and geographic variability in health patterns?
How do we define "health" in any given cultural and historical context?
What are the consequences of ill-health for individuals and societies?
How can we go about promoting health in an ethically and fiscally responsible manner?

MAJOR ≠ CAREER

Your major does not always determine your career path. Many graduates pursue careers outside their field, depending on their interests and experiences.

EXPERIENCE + DEGREE = CAREER

It’s not just your major that matters! Make yourself marketable by gaining a variety of experiences in college. Read a few inspiring stories by professionals whose experiences led to great careers.

Contact a Vick Center career counselor today to find out how you can turn your major into a career.