Sociomedical Sciences Major

Sample Courses

  • Human Growth and Development
  • Medical Anthropology
  • Nutrition, Disease, and Health
  • Sociology of Medicine

Popular Electives

  • Biology and Global Health
  • Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Women's Health
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Global Health Issues
  • Health Psychology
  • Illness, Self, and Society
  • Language of Healing
  • Medicine and Morality

Recent Internships

  • Empire Justice Center
  • Highland Hospital
  • Livingston County Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation
  • Livingston County Dept. of Health
  • Mt. Hope Family Center
  • University of Rochester Orthopedics and Rehabilitation
  • World Vision Australia

Alumni Spotlight

Drew O'Neil '21

Major: Sociomedical Sciences

Minor: Environmental Studies, Public Administration

Career: O'Neil was selected to be a Center for Disease Control Public Health Associate. Drew was one of 120 people selected out of 4,000 applicants. In October 2021 she began a 2-year term working on environmental and occupational health in Harrisburg, PA. Drew graduated with a B.A. in Sociomedical Sciences and was a 2020-21 Presidential Scholar. Drew was the recipient of the Department of Anthropology's 2021 Rose-Marie Chierici Award in Sociomedical Sciences, and the Women's and Gender Studies Program Christine de Pizan Award for best paper.

Sociomedical Sciences Major

Why study sociomedical sciences at Geneseo?

The sociomedical sciences focus on the social determinants of disease and health and examine the correlation between trends in health and its social causes, including social inequality and structural inequites. Geneseo’s program offers students the opportunity to acquire interdisciplinary knowledge on topics related to health, disease, illness, and medicine, as well as analytical and practical skills beneficial to post-graduate education and careers in medicine, public health, and other allied health fields.

Geneseo’s program is one of the only undergraduate programs of its kind in SUNY. The degree reflects national trends in interdisciplinary training in health and medicine using the lenses of the social sciences, humanities, and natural sciences. The capstone course teaches valuable research methods and offers students the opportunity to design and conduct a study on a topic of their choosing.


Program Options

Additional Options

Program Highlights

  • Earn major credit during short-term study abroad (3- to 4-week summer or winter intersession) or fulfill major requirements while abroad for an entire semester.
  • Earn credit interning for an organization focused on health or medicine.
  • Present capstone course research findings at Geneseo’s annual student research conference.
  • Attend professional academic conferences.

Example Careers

  • Medical Assistant
  • Research Assistant
  • Chiropractor
  • Community Health Worker
  • Dentist
  • Healthcare Administrator
  • Health Education Specialist
  • Health Policy Analyst
  • Nurse
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Osteopath
  • Patient Navigator
  • Physical Therapist
  • Physician
  • Physician Assistant

Grad Program Prerequisites

Fulfill a high percentage of your graduate school prerequisites with courses that count toward the sociomedical sciences major:

  • Pre-medical: about 45% fulfilled
  • Pre-nursing: about 75% fulfilled
  • Pre-physician assistant: about 80% fulfilled
  • Pre-physical therapy: about 66% fulfilled

Contact Info

Jennifer Guzmán, Program Coordinator
Bailey Hall 150

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