New Health & Society Major

The Health & Society Major at SMU is an inter-disciplinary program for students interested in the practice and study of health in global and cultural contexts. Through this plan of study, students engage in broad and diverse ways with the problems of illness and health care in human societies. With its major emphasis on inter-disciplinarity, the major fosters graduates who are well prepared to perform and collaborate in health care occupations by viewing health as part of dynamic systems with symbolic, material, ethical, and historical factors. The program will help students meet a greater variety of post-baccalaureate goals, including employment or graduate admission to schools and programs of medicine, dentistry, public health, nursing, health care administration, psychology, medical anthropology, medical sociology, law, and others.

In the core course work, students will develop a foundation for the interdisciplinary study of human health in social context. Next, they will complete training in the theory, research methods, and case studies from one of two programmatic tracks: a bench science track oriented to students pursuing graduate study in medicine, nursing, pharmacy, dentistry, and other clinical fields; and a behavioral and social science track, oriented to students pursuing applied work, research, and graduate study in the allied health professions including public health, health care administration, psychology, and medical anthropology or sociology. Students reunite in a senior capstone course through which they prepare a paper or project reflective of their multi-disciplinary approach to human health problems.

We are now accepting applications for acceptance into the Health & Society Program for Fall of 2014. To apply for the H&S Major, please send one copy of the following materials to Dr. Carolyn Smith-Morris, SMU Anthropology, Campus Box 0336, Heroy Building Room 415. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, and reviewed every September and February for admission.

  • Cover letter, not to exceed two, single-spaced pages, explaining your interest in the Program, your GPA, relevant personal experience, and your related goals both at SMU and post-baccalaureate.
  • Complete Interest Form (see link below), detailing coursework in the Major already completed.
  • Degree Progress Report, not more than 30 days old.
  • Essay, not to exceed two, single-spaced, typed pages, responding to the application prompt (contact Program Director). Applicants are encouraged to draw upon literature (scholarly or popular) or news media, citing properly. Bibliography will not be counted in the two-page limit.

If you are interested in this major, please complete the Interest Form.