Social Studies in Medicine (SSiM)

crowd of peopleSocial Studies in Medicine (SSiM) is a distinctively interdisciplinary research and teaching unit in the Institute for Applied Healthcare Research in the College of Medicine and Dental Sciences at the University of Birmingham. 

Team members represent the fields of sociology, anthropology, ethics, history and qualitative methods.  Research and teaching focuses on institutional, technological, ethical and cultural determinants of medical knowledge and health and social care practices.  

The Unit offers courses and programs at undergraduate and graduate levels (MA and PhD) which examine the social and qualitative side of medicine, health and society.

SSiM organises seminars and workshops, that bridge disciplinary boundaries, and provide an affiliation for visiting scholars wishing to explore medicine’s social or historical development. It also welcomes applications from prospective PhD students who wish to research questions connected to the core interests of team members. 

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