The Health, Disease, and Culture minor provides students with a multidisciplinary understanding of the social construction of health and diseases in modern and historical societies. A combination of courses in health, humanities, and social sciences allows for a view of health and disease from both a contemporary and historical lens with a variety of disciplinary perspectives.


Eight credits of coursework must be unique to the minor and students must complete all coursework with a minimum GPA of 2.00.

For policies governing all minors, see AP.5.3.4 Minors.

Banner Code: HDC

Minor Requirements

Total credits: 15

Core Courses

Social and Cultural Constructions of Health and Disease
Select two courses from the following:6
Humans, Disease, and Death (Mason Core)
Medical Anthropology
Foundations of Health Communication
Family and Health Communication
Introduction to Health Behavior (Mason Core)
Health Communication
Topics in Global History (Mason Core) (when topic is GLobal History of Disease)
Death, Dying, and Decision Making
Ethical Issues in Global Health
Mental Illness and Criminal Justice
Death, Dying, and Grieving
Death and the Afterlife in Religion
Spirituality and Healing (Mason Core)
Gender, Health, and Culture in the United States
Science of Health and Disease
Select two courses from the following:6
Medical Mycology
Conservation Medicine
Global Health (Mason Core)
Introduction to Public Health
Introduction to OneHealth
Health Behavior Theories
Health and Disease
Health and Environment
Global Health Interventions: History and Systems
Global Health Interventions: Emerging Issues
Fundamentals of Epidemiology
Global Emerging Infectious Diseases
Social Determinants of Health
Social Determinants of Health
Culture, Sexuality and the Global AIDS Epidemic
Study Abroad in Public Health
Mindfulness, Meaning Well-Being
Foundations of Resilience and Well-Being
Contemporary Health: Intersections in Science and Society (Mason Core)
Abnormal Psychology
Science of Well Being
Total Credits12

Elective Course

Select course from above lists that was not used to meet another requirement or complete an internship with a health-related focus3
Internship in Communication
Global Experiential Learning
Research Internship in Public Health
International Internship
Philosophy Internship
Religious Studies Internship
Internship in Sociology I (Mason Core)
Internship in Women and Gender Studies
Total Credits3