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Sociology of Health

Code 13682
Year 3
Semester A1
ECTS Credits 6
Workload TP(60H)
Scientific area Social Sciences
Entry requirements not applicable
Mode of delivery Attendance
Work placements Not applicable.
Learning outcomes Contribute to the comprehensive training of pharmacy professionals providing them with knowledge and skills that enables them to develop a sociological understanding of health, illness and of their own professional practice.
By the end of the CU students should be able to:
Discuss the contributions of the sociological perspective of health and illness
Analyze the impact of socio-cultural factors on health and illness
Criticize the biomedical model
Understand the social construction of illness and how it influences the illness experience
Discuss the medicalization of life and describe its social implications
Draw the relationship between medicalization and the use of medications in society
Identify the impacts of social change on the profession
Understand the importance of behaviors, emotions and lifestyles in health and illness
Know the instruments and strategies for brief counseling
Apply some of these instruments and strategies for brief counseling
Syllabus First part - Psychology
1 - Health Psychology
2 - Impact of behavioral and emotional health
3 - Change in behavior - brief counseling


Second part - Sociology of Health
I - Social sciences and health sciences
1 - The Sociology of Health
2 - Why sociology in pharmacy ?
3 - Pharmacy in contemporary societies

II - Health and illness as social phenomena
1 - Sociological perspectives on health and illness
2 - Social construction of illness and stigma
3 - Biomedical model ant its critics

III - Medicalization of life and the use of medications
1 - Medicalization of life - contexts, agents and processes
2 - The growing consumption of medications - contexts, agents and processes

IV - Pharmacy as a profession
1 - The profissionalization of pharmacy
2 - Social change and impacts on the profession
3 - The MacDonaldization of pharmacy

Main Bibliography Carapinheiro, G. (1986) “A saúde no contexto da Sociologia”,in Sociologia, Problemas e Práticas, 1: 9-22.
Giddens, A. Sociology, Cambridge, Polity Press, 4ª ed.
Moon, G.; Gillespie, R. (1995) Society and Health. An introduction to social science for health professionals, London, Routledge
Silva, L. F. (2004) Socio-Antropologia da Saúde. Sociedade, Cultura e Saúde/Doença, Lisboa, Universidade Aberta
Taylor, K.; Nettleton, S.; Harding, G. (2003) Sociology for Pharmacists, London, Taylor and Francis
AHRQ -(2009). The guide to clinical preventive services 2009.AHRQ: Rockville. Pp. 124-126 e pp. 132-134
IUHPE (2000). The Evidence of Health Promotion Effectiveness – Shaping Public Health in a New Europe. Brussels – Luxembourg: ECSC-EC-EAEC. pp. 1-8.
Rollnick, S, et al (2010). Motivational interviewing. BMJ, 340, c1900.
WHO (2006). Tackling Europe’s major diseases: the challenges and the solutions. Factsheet EURO/03/06. WHO-E: Copenhaga





Teaching Methodologies and Assessment Criteria Seminar classes with introduction to and explanation of syllabus contents. Self-learning tutorial classes (group works) using scientific texts and subsequent presentation of results. Simulation of professional intervention contexts (role play).
Continuous evaluation is based on three moments: a written test; work in class; qualitative evaluation. Students must obtain a mark of at least 9,5 in each of the modules in order to approve the CU.
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2021-06-17

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