Short course

Sociology and Social Policy

This course provides an overview on health, examining factors that contribute to health inequality alongside potential social solutions. It explores the role of medicine in society, how social policy principles apply to healthcare, and you will be able to critically analyse explanations for health disparities.

Start date
29 April - 3 May 2024
5 days
Home - £565 International - £1480
Postgraduate Microcredential
10 credits

Sociology and Social Policy

This short course takes a broad view of health, and causes of health inequality; this short course looks in particular at the social influences behind ill health and social solutions that might be offered. Mixtures of tutoring methods are used.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this short course you should be able to:
1. understand the principles of sociology as applied to medicine and health-related behaviour
2. understand the role of medicine in society
3. understand and apply the principles of social policy as applied to health and health care
4. understand and critically explore explanations for inequalities in health.


One written assignment.

Course coordinators

Course Lead: Dr Antje Lindenmeyer
Deputy Course Lead: Dr Ian Litchfield

Microcredential prerequisites

Degree level needed.

Stand-Alone Course

This short course can be taken as a stand-alone course if required. To apply, please the Programme Coordinator on 0121 414 7577 or at All applications must be received by a minimum of one month before the start date of the course. For further information on fees or entry requirements, please contact the Programme Administrator. The course can be taken as an assessed or non assessed week.