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October 1, 2020 Making Health Care More Equitable

In 2019, Geneseo became the first and only institution in the SUNY system to offer a new undergraduate major — sociomedical sciences. The interdisciplinary field examines what is happening in people’s bodies but also in their communities and lives in an effort to make access to good health more equitable.

May 16, 2020 Congratulations to the First Three Graduates from the Sociomedical Sciences Major program

Congratulations Katherine Barry, Gwen Faldinski, and Jason Nietzschmann on your graduation from SUNY Geneseo!

February 19, 2020. Sociomedical Sciences Speaker Series presents Dr. Jessica Hardin

Dr. Hardin's presentation "Life without Vegetables: Spectral Foods, Disrupted Foodways and Memories of Health Otherwise in Samoa"will examine the relationship between plantations (small family gardens) and vegetables (mostly introduced) in Samoa. Dr. Jessica Hardin is a medical anthropologist and assistant professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Her book Faith and the Pursuit of Health Cardiometabolic Disorders in Samoa explores how Pentecostal Christians manage chronic illness in ways that sheds light on health disparities and social suffering in Samoa, a place where rates of obesity and related cardiometabolic disorders have reached population-wide levels. 

February 1, 2020. From the Lamron: "Sociomedical sciences major gains traction, expands course offerings"

The sociomedical sciences major, which was approved by the college in November 2019, is now available for students to declare. The major blends various subject fields into a comprehensive program that aims to enable students to pursue a broad range of opportunities in the medical field after graduating...

November 2020. SUNY approves new interdisciplinary major in Sociomedical Sciences

The Department of Anthropology at SUNY Geneseo is introducing a new major for undergraduate students interested in the social determinants of disease and health. The sociomedical sciences major examines the correlation between trends in health and its social causes, including social inequality and structural inequities. It prepares students to pursue careers and advanced training in both clinical and non-clinical health professions by focusing on the causes, spread, prevention, and treatment of disease and illness...

March 2018. McNair Scholars collaborating on medical anthropological research project

In summer 2018, McNair Scholars will have the opportunity to learn and practice ethnographic research skills with Dr. Jennifer Guzmán and Dr. Melanie Medeiros from the Anthropology department. Their research project on latino immigrant farmworker health and access to health care will be part of the McNair's Geneseo Introductory Research Opportunity (GIRO) program