Ch 14: UExcel Sociology: Health and Medicine

About This Chapter

Watch video lessons, and learn about health and medical issues in the United States. The quizzes that follow each of the lessons can help you gauge your comprehension of the materials.

Health and Medicine - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

The video lessons in this Health and Medicine chapter highlight aspects of socialized, holistic and scientific medicine. Watching these lessons should increase your knowledge and understanding of:

  • Parson's 'sick role' and 'physician's role' theories
  • The feminist analysis of medicine and health
  • Healthcare issues and income levels

Video Objective
Health Challenges in America: Smoking, Obesity, STDs and Eating Disorders Learn more about these medical concerns.
Economics and Health: Healthcare, Medical Issues and Income Discuss disparities between medical care for individuals in high-income countries versus lower-income nations.
Types of Healthcare: HMOs, PPOs, Socialized Medicine and Direct-Fee System Study the healthcare systems of other countries.
Social Constructions of Health: 'Sick Role,' 'Physician's Role' and Profit Motive in Medicine Learn about the controversial nature of the profit motive.
Scientific Medicine vs. Holistic Medicine Read about differences in these kinds of medicine.
Theoretical Perspectives on Health and Medicine Explore structural-function analysis, social conflict and symbolic-interaction analysis.

6 Lessons in Chapter 14: UExcel Sociology: Health and Medicine
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Health Challenges in America: Smoking, Obesity, STDs & Eating Disorders

1. Health Challenges in America: Smoking, Obesity, STDs & Eating Disorders

Even as a high-income nation with a relatively long life expectancy, America faces a number of health challenges. In this lesson, we discuss the basic facts of smoking, eating disorders, obesity and STDs and how these challenges affect our nation.

Economics and Health: Healthcare, Medical Issues & Income

2. Economics and Health: Healthcare, Medical Issues & Income

What is the relationship between economy and health? In this lesson, we discuss differences in healthcare and medical issues in low-income versus high-income countries. We also define social epidemiology and discuss the link between poverty and poor health.

Types of Health Care: HMOs, PPOs, Socialized Medicine & Direct-Fee System

3. Types of Health Care: HMOs, PPOs, Socialized Medicine & Direct-Fee System

In this lesson, we discuss health care as a social institution and how health care systems differ worldwide. We also discuss several different ways that health care is paid for by patients, organizations and government.

Social Constructions of Health: Sick Role, Physician's Role & Profit Motive in Medicine

4. Social Constructions of Health: Sick Role, Physician's Role & Profit Motive in Medicine

In this lesson, we discuss the theory of Talcott Parsons regarding the 'sick role' and the 'physician's role' as well as how society has constructed expectations for both. We also discuss the profit motive in medicine and why this is controversial.

Scientific Medicine vs. Holistic Medicine

5. Scientific Medicine vs. Holistic Medicine

Scientific medicine is a relatively newer field of medicine that is based on observations and documentation. Holistic medicine is an older philosophy that promotes overall well being. This lesson contrasts scientific and holistic medicine.

Theoretical Perspectives on Health & Medicine

6. Theoretical Perspectives on Health & Medicine

What does it mean to be sick? Medically, it means to be unhealthy, but sickness also has specific meaning within society. In this lesson we're going to look at the social roles of health and sickness through four different sociological frameworks.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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