Health Science and Sociology, BS

The combined Bachelor of Science in Health Science and Sociology integrates social scientific perspectives to the study of health, illness, and healthcare. Students explore basic sociological concepts relevant for the study of health and healthcare, such as social construction and medicalization. Students explore why, for instance, despite having the most expensive healthcare system, the United States ranks comparatively low in life expectancy and health and well-being outcomes. Provides students with an opportunity to explore the ways that societal factors such as race, class, and gender interplay with health, healthcare, and health disparities.

Complete all courses listed below unless otherwise indicated. Also complete any corequisite labs, recitations, clinicals, or tools courses where specified and complete any additional courses needed beyond specific college and major requirements to satisfy graduation credit requirements.

University-Wide Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the University-Wide Requirements.

NUpath Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the NUpath Requirements.

Health Science Requirements

Public Health Core
PHTH 1260The American Healthcare System4
or PHTH 1261 Comparative Healthcare Systems
PHTH 2300Communication Skills for the Health Professions4
or PHTH 2301 Communication Skills for the Health Professions—Global
PHTH 2350Community and Public Health4
or PHTH 2351 Community and Public Health - Global
PHTH 2515Healthcare Policy and Administration4
PHTH 4120Global Perspectives on Discrimination and Health4
PHTH 4540Health Education and Program Planning4
HLTH 5450Healthcare Research4
or PHTH 4202 Principles of Epidemiology in Medicine and Public Health
Supporting Courses for Health Science
PSYC 1101Foundations of Psychology4
BIOL 1111
and BIOL 1112
General Biology 1
and Lab for BIOL 1111
BIOL 1113
and BIOL 1114
General Biology 2
and Lab for BIOL 1113
CHEM 1211
and CHEM 1212
and CHEM 1213
General Chemistry 1
and Lab for CHEM 1211
and Recitation for CHEM 1211
CHEM 1214
and CHEM 1215
and CHEM 1216
General Chemistry 2
and Lab for CHEM 1214
and Recitation for CHEM 1214

Sociology Requirements

Required Sociology
SOCL 1101Introduction to Sociology4
SOCL 2300Social Theory4
SOCL 2321Research Methods in Sociology4
Cultural Anthropology
ANTH 1101Peoples and Cultures4
ANTH 2305Global Markets and Local Culture4
Social Change Selective
Complete one of the following:4
Gender in a Changing Society
Social Movements
Class, Power, and Social Change
Social Inequality Selective
Complete one of the following:4
Sociology of Poverty
Sociology of Disability
Race and Ethnic Relations
Lower-Level Elective
Complete one of the following:4
SOCL 1000 to SOCL 3999
Advanced Elective
Complete one of the following:4
SOCL 4000 to SOCL 4999

Supporting Courses

Introduction to College
Complete one of the following:1
College: An Introduction
Sociology at Northeastern
Writing in the First Year
ENGW 1111First-Year Writing4
Complete one of the following:4
Foundations of Biostatistics
Statistical Analysis in Sociology
Co-op Preparation (Based on Home College)
Complete one of the following:1
Professional Development for Bouvé Co-op
Professional Development for Co-op
Advanced Writing in the Discipline
Complete one of the following:4
Advanced Writing in the Health Professions
Advanced Writing in the Social Sciences
NUPath: Ethical Reasoning
PHIL 1165Moral and Social Problems in Healthcare4
Capstone (Based on Home College)
Complete one of the following:4
Health Science Capstone—Service (Prerequisite course HSCI 4700))
Health Science Capstone—Research (Prerequisite course HSCI 4700)
Senior Seminar
Open Electives14

Integrative Requirement

SOCL 3441Sociology of Health and Illness4

Health Sciences GPA Requirement

A grade of C or higher is required for all BIOL, CHEM, HLTH, HSCI, MATH, and PHTH courses.

Program Requirement

134 total semester hours required

Four Years, One Co-op Plan

Year 1
HSCI 1000 or SOCL 10001BIOL 11134  
BIOL 11114BIOL 11141  
BIOL 11121CHEM 12144  
CHEM 12114CHEM 12151  
CHEM 12121ENGW 11114  
PSYC 11014PHTH 12604  
SOCL 11014   
 19 18  
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1Hours 
Public health core4SOCL 23004Public health core4 
ANTH 11014SOCL 23214PHIL 11654 
PHTH 2210 or SOCL 23214Social change or social inequality selective4  
Lower-level sociology elective4Public health core4  
 16 16 8 
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
HSCI 2000 or EESH 20001Co-opCo-opENGW 3306 or 33084
ANTH 23054  PHTH 45404
Public health core4   
Social inequality and social change selective4   
Open electives4   
 17 0 0 8
Year 4
Public health core4Capstone course4  
SOCL 34414Open electives12  
Advanced sociology elective4   
Open electives4   
 16 16  
Total Hours: 134

Four Years, Two Co-ops Plan

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1Hours 
HSCI 1000 or SOCL 10001ANTH 11014PHTH 12604 
PSYC 11014BIOL 11134PHTH 23504 
BIOL 11114BIOL 11141  
BIOL 11121CHEM 12144  
SOCL 11014CHEM 12151  
CHEM 12114ENGW 11114  
CHEM 12121   
 19 18 8 
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
PHTH 2210 or SOCL 23214Co-opCo-opENGW 33064
Public health core4 Open elective4PHIL 11654
HSCI 2000 or EESH 20001   
SOCL 23004   
SOCL 23214   
 17 0 4 8
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
ANTH 23054Co-opCo-opPHTH 45404
SOCL 34414 Open elective4Public health core4
Lower-level sociology elective4   
Public health core4   
 16 0 4 8
Year 4
Social change or social inequality selective4Capstone course4  
Advanced sociology elective4Public health core4  
HSCI 4700 (if student will complete an HSCI capstone)0Social change or social inequality selective4  
Open electives8Open electives4  
 16 16  
Total Hours: 134