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About Study Course

Credit points / ECTS:2 / 3
Course supervisor:Dina Bite
Study type:Full time
Course level:Master's
Target audience:Medicine
Language:English, Latvian
Branch of science:Sociology; Applied Sociology


To develop understanding on the social context of individual and collective action in healthcare and medicine.


Not necessary.

Learning outcomes


At the end of the course students are able to define concepts of health and disease from the sociological perspective, understand the use of sociological concepts describing processes in the area of health and medicine. Students are able to describe contemporary challenges of medicine, as well as understand the classical and contemporary sociological approaches to medicine.


Students are able to explain the social causes of health and disease and factors that have impact on health behaviour at micro and macro level. Students can identify the major sociological theories that explain health behaviour, evaluate advantages of different methods of sociological research of health-care and medicine, describe issues concerning disease experience and stigmatisation, analyse sociological aspects of the doctor-patient relationship, explain life quality factors affecting health lifestyle, evaluate different models of the health-care system.


Able to understand, interpret and analytically evaluate social factors, which determine individual and collective behaviour in healthcare and medicine. Students have improved their communicative (group work, discussions) and cognitive (independent work, examination) competence.

Study course planning

Planning period:Year 2023, Autumn semester
Study programmeStudy semesterProgram levelStudy course categoryLecturersSchedule
Medicine, SSNMFz4Master’sRequiredDina Bite, Uldis Vēgners, Māra Grīnfelde, Mairita Satika, Vents Sīlis, Andrejs Balodis
Planning period:Year 2024, Spring semester
Study programmeStudy semesterProgram levelStudy course categoryLecturersSchedule
Medicine, SSNMF4Master’sRequired
Medicine, MF4Master’sRequired