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About Study Course

Credit points / ECTS:2 / 3
Course supervisor:Vents Sīlis
Study type:Full time
Course level:Master's
Target audience:Communication Science
Branch of science:Communication Sciences


The aim of the course is to help students to link medical theory with empirical data obtained by sociologists on individual and social factors that influence health behaviour and choice of health style.



Learning outcomes


• Knowledge of the main concepts of sociology of health and medicine, the main theoretical directions of health sociology.
• Knowledge of health lifestyle theories and active ageing strategies.
• Knowledge and understanding of a biomedical and psychosocial model, holistic approach to the patient, sociology of doctor-patient relationship.


• Identify the most important sociological theories that explain health behaviour.
• Understand and explain diseases in the context of experience and stigmatisation.
• Explain life quality factors affecting a particular health lifestyle.


Analyse and evaluate the individual and social factors affecting the individual’s health behaviour and the choice of a healthy lifestyle, using a holistic approach to assessing the situation.

Study course planning

Planning period:Year 2021, Autumn semester
Study programmeStudy semesterProgram levelStudy course categoryLecturersSchedule
Health Communication, VKM1Master’sRequiredVents Sīlis