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Environment and Health

The Environment and Health concentration focuses on issues ranging from climate change and environmental justice to issues centering on racial and ethnic disparities in health, societal responses to mental health problems, and the relation between health problems and toxic chemicals. Following requisite coursework, students in this area can elect to take field statements in Environmental Sociology or the Sociology of Health and Illness. The concentration adopts a broadly critical approach toward social, political and cultural sources of illness and environmental crises. As such, courses address issues relating to policy and social movements (especially as they bear on conceptions of illness and health care regimes).

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Sample Electives

Mindful of the close relation between the environment and health, students pursuing either field statement can choose from a flexible list of courses, including:

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