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About Study Course

Credit points / ECTS:2 / 3
Course supervisor:Uldis Vēgners
Study type:Full time
Course level:Master's
Target audience:Medicine
Branch of science:Sociology


Help students connect medical theory with sociologists' empirical data on individual and social factors that influence health behavior and lifestyle choices.


Not necessary.

Learning outcomes


As a result of learning the study course, students are able to define the concepts of health and disease, describe biomedical and biopsychosocial health models, describe the social causes of diseases and factors affecting health, medicalization, professionalization, describe health and aging process strategies, sociology of doctor-patient relations, sociology of the body, health promotion strategies.


Students will be able to identify the most important sociological theories that explain health behavior, evaluate the advantages of various health and medical sociological research methods, describe the problems of illness experience and stigmatization, analyze the sociological aspects of the doctor-patient relationship, explain the quality of life factors influencing a specific health lifestyle, evaluate various health care system models.


Cognitive competence – the ability to distinguish the essential from the non-essential in writing (summaries) and orally, and communicatively verbal – the ability to make presentations and participate in discussions on the topics of the seminars.

Study course planning

Planning period:Year 2023, Autumn semester
Study programmeStudy semesterProgram levelStudy course categoryLecturersSchedule
Dentistry, SSNSF3Master’sLimited choiceUldis Vēgners, Māra Grīnfelde
Planning period:Year 2024, Spring semester
Study programmeStudy semesterProgram levelStudy course categoryLecturersSchedule
Dentistry, SSNSFz3Master’sLimited choiceMāra Grīnfelde