The Certificate in Health Research, offered by the Department of Anthropology, is an 18-credit program that allows students to explore the ways in which healthcare impacts the development, structure and functioning of human society. In addition to building a foundational knowledge of health and its role in society, students will hone their analytical research and critical thinking skills through advanced data analysis and methodology courses.

This certificate is open to undergraduate students, except for Sociology majors.

Certificates are awarded only at the time of completion of the bachelor's degree and cannot be awarded either as a stand-alone program of study or after completion of the first bachelor's degree.

Campus Location: Main

Program Code: LA-HLRE-CERT

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Learn more about the undergraduate certificate in Health Research.


The Certificate in Health Research requires five courses, including a health-related sequence and research methods.

Required Courses
SOC 2552Health and Disease in American Society3
SOC 3201Statistical Methods in Sociology 14
SOC 3261Research Design and Methods 14
Required Advanced Methods Course
Select one from:4
Qualitative Research 2
Data Analysis 2
Health-related Courses
Select one of the following:3
Sociology of the Self
Selected Topics in Medical Sociology
Sex & Society
Environmental Sociology: The End of the World as We Know It?
Urban Health
Selected Topics in Medical Sociology
Health and Reproduction
Sociology of the Body
Population Studies
Independent Study in Medical Sociology
Total Credit Hours18

Students must take SOC 3201 prior to, or concurrently with, SOC 3261.


Students must complete SOC 3201 and SOC 3261 before taking either of the advanced methods courses, SOC 4001 or SOC 4002.