The HESO Minor consists of at least 30 and no more than 42 credits of approved courses. At least 18 credits must be from courses numbered 300 or higher. The HESO Advisory Committee maintains a list of approved courses, as well as a list of special topics seminars which may be applicable to the minor but are subject to approval by the Program Chair. See both lists, below.

Please be aware that some courses have prerequisites, and not all courses will be taught each term. Check the UBC Course Schedule for up-to-date information on course listings.


Approved Courses

ANTH 227 Introduction to Medical Anthropology
An examination of health and illness, in their social and cultural contexts.

ANTH 427 Topics in Medical Anthropology
**Please see "Special Topics" below.

ANTH 428 Medicine, Society, and Culture
A medical anthropological perspective on medical science, technology, translational research, and clinical practice, in laboratory, clinic, family, social, and cultural contexts. Topics include explanatory models of health, acute and chronic illness, disability; social and cultural dimensions genetics; clinical interaction.

ANTH 429 Global Health in Cross-Cultural Contexts
Includes examination of the social and cultural dimensions of specific life-threatening emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases, the political economy of health, cultural interpretations of illness and healing, medical pluralism, therapy management, and the cultural construction of efficacy.

CLST 301 The Technical Terms of Medicine and Biological Science
Acquaints the student with the Greek and Latin elements from which most specialized terms of modern medicine are constructed. Intended primarily for students planning to enter the medical, pharmaceutical, or biological sciences. Students from other areas of study, however, are also welcome to enrol. No knowledge of the Greek or Latin languages is required; no knowledge of anatomy or physiology is required.

ECON 384 Economic Analysis of Health Services
Microeconomic theory of resource allocation with emphasis on the applications of optimizing models of health service markets. Analysis of Canadian problems in health service supply. Models of the consumer/patient, the physician/entrepreneur, the not-for-profit hospital/firm, and the third-party regulatory and payment agency.

ENGL 309 Rhetoric of Science, Technology, and Medicine
Exploration of the persuasive dimension of discourse practices in science, technology, and medicine.

FMST 316 Human Sexuality
An examination of human sexual development and behaviour.

FNH 342 Critical Perspectives on Consumer Food Practices
Personal, collective, and policy factors affecting food choices, including perceptions of healthy eating, gender, identity, family structures, and economic, sociocultural, and political forces.

FNH 355 International Nutrition
Conceptualization and scientific analyses of global problems in food and nutrition; complexities of food habits and malnutrition in various cultures around the world.

FNH 473 Nutrition Education in the Community
Theory and methods in nutrition education; factors affecting behaviour modification and health promotion. The practice of nutrition education through education, health care delivery or media systems.

GRSJ 310 Issues in Gender and Health
Interdisciplinary introduction to gender and health issues using selected theoretical frameworks.

HIST 104: Topics in History
**Please see "Special Topics" below.

HIST 398: The History of Modern Medicine
The history of health and disease in the modern world, focusing in particular on the emergence and history of modern biomedicine.

HIST 440: History of Health in the Modern West
Changing conditions of health in Europe and North America from the beginning of the modern mortality decline to the recent past.

HIST 487: History of Alternative and Complementary Medicine: Acupuncture to Yoga
Alternative and complementary healing in history, including Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), yoga, meditation, and alternative drug therapies. Specific themes may vary from year to year.

PHIL 333 Bio-Medical Ethics
Moral problems arising in the health sciences, especially in medicine but also in biology, psychology, and social work. Topics include abortion, death and euthanasia, genetic engineering, behaviour modification, compulsory treatment, experimentation with human beings and animals, and the relationship between professionals and their patients, subjects or clients. No philosophical background is required.  Credit will be granted for only one of PHIL 333 or PHIL 433

PSYC 208 Contemporary Topics in Social, Developmental, Personality, and Clinical Psychology
**Please see "Special Topics" below.

PSYC 311 The Psychology of Sport
How stress and arousal affect performance, how to foster teamwork, how to provide effective criticism, how to encourage successful exercise adherence, how to recognize overtraining, psychological reactions to injury, as well as several other topics.

PSYC 314 Health Psychology
Health-related behaviours such as smoking and drug use; effects of stressful events on health; methods for coping with stress; impact of chronic illness on the family; social support systems.

SPPH 200 Understanding the Sociocultural Determinants of the Health of Populations
This course covers the idea of "population health," and the implementation and evaluation of programs or policies to improve health.

SPPH 300  Working in International Health
This is a tutored, web based course on planning/preparing for work in a developing country. Causes of ill health amongst populations living in poverty; analysis of available solutions.

SPPH 302 Health Informatics
To acquaint students with a range of topics linking the tools of informatics with specific challenges in health care delivery and the assessment and maintenance of public and population health.

SPPH 381 Selected Topics
**Please see "Special Topics" below.

SPPH 410 Improving Public Health: An Interprofessional Approach to Designing and Implementing Effective Interventions
This course promotes collaborating interprofessionally. Each student team will identify and research a critical public health issue, and develop a detailed practical and effective intervention.

SPPH 411  Violence Across the Lifespan
This course covers violence in families across the lifespan. Particular emphasis on intersections of race, class, and gender; the long-term impact of childhood exposure to violence; and prevention-focused initiatives.

SPPH 481 Special Topics in Population and Public Health
**Please see "Special Topics" below.

SOWK 440 Integrative Seminars in Social Work
**Please see "Special Topics" below.

SOWK 450  Social Work Practice in Community Mental Health
Online course providing overview of social work services to persons with a mental illness.

SOWK 451  Health Care Team Development
This  course covers the skills, knowledge, roles, and issues involved with working successfully in interprofessional health and human service teams. Intended for upper division students in any health and human service program.

SOWK 453  Disability and Justice
This course considers how health and human service professionals can effectively practice with people with disabilities from a social justice perspective. Social and personal context and practice responses are examined.


SOCI 387 Drugs and Society
Social dimensions of the causes, consequences, regulation, and treatment of substance abuse and addiction from Canadian and international perspectives.

SOCI 444 Sociology of Aging 
Demographic, economic, and social trends associated with aging, ageism, and aging populations.

SOCI 473 Sociology of Mental Illness
A sociological approach to the meaning of mental illness; the organization of psychiatric treatment; problems in the explanation of the distribution of mental illness in a population.

SOCI 479 Social Determinants of Health
Relationships between social phenomena (e.g., personal beliefs, lifestyle practices, social support, socio-economic status, social class, gender, and ethnicity) and the health of human populations.

SOCI 484 Sociology of Health and Illness
Sociological perspectives on health, illness, and health care as represented in classic and contemporary sociological studies of selected topics such as illness experience, social aspects of the practice of health professionals, training of health professionals, and the social organization of health delivery systems.

Special Topics Seminars

If you are interested receiving HESO credit for one of these courses, please contact the HESO Program Chair (see the Faculty page for contact information) so that the course syllabus may be approved prior to you taking the course.

**Please note: Some of these seminars are restricted to majors in the respective departments.

ANTH 427 Topics in Medical Anthropology
Anthropological perspectives on health, illness, and disability as represented by classic and contemporary research in selected topics in medical anthropology including disease and human evolution, illness and human ecology, culture and epidemiology, ethnomedical systems, the relationship between folk and biomedicine and the cultural construction and social organization of health care, illness and disability. Specific content will vary from year to year. Consult the department brochure.

HIST 104 Topics in History
Thematically-organized topics will explore global aspects of human experience across time. Each section will examine a single theme. Check with the department for course offerings. Topics relevant to the HESO minor include "The History of Disease".

PSYC 208 Contemporary Topics in Social, Developmental, Personality, and Clinical Psychology
A focus on the interpretation of contemporary research in social, developmental, personality, and clinical psychology. Topics relevant to the HESO minor include, "Death & Dying: Psychological issues ".

SOWK 440 Integrative Seminars in Social Work
A series of seminars offered during the final term of studies which address salient issues in social policy and social work practice and draw upon combined knowledge from social work and related disciplines. Past topics have included SOWK 440B “Addictions, Drugs, and Everyday Life” and SOWK 440Q “Social Work in Health Care Settings.”

SPPH 381 Selected Topics
By seminar and directed readings, certain topics of current interest are explored in depth. Topics relevant to the HESO minor include, SPPH 381A "Public Health Ethics", SPPH 381C "Environmental Impacts on Human Health", and SPPH 381D "Canadian Health Care Policy".

SPPH 481 Special Topics in Population and Public Health
Selected topics will vary. Multiple versions may be taken. This course takes an interprofessional approach and population/public health perspective in addressing current issues in healthcare and health-related fields. Topics relevant to the HESO minor include, SPPH 481C "Prison Health".


Last updated Fall 2017.