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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


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


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


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.



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.



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?


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


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