Bachelors of Science in Care, Health & Society

The Care, Health & Society (CHS) program equips students who plan to pursue careers in medicine, public health, nursing, and other health professions with a broader perspective that integrates the social dimensions of health and health care. 
All of human life occurs in the context of social interaction, groups, culture, social institutions, and social structures. The CHS program seeks to train students to understand the social dimensions of health and health care to inform public health initiatives and the provision of individual health care.The CHS program is designed to complement training in the public health and frontline health care professions, to provide students with the social toolkit necessary to address persistent population health issues and barriers to healthcare delivery. The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in CHS is innovative, interdisciplinary, and applied. The degree is innovative because it provides students with a rare opportunity to focus their undergraduate studies on the social dimensions of health and health care. CHS courses introduce students to:
● The health care professions
● Critical issues in health care delivery
● Principles of inter-professional collaboration in health care and social service settings
● Ethical dilemmas in health care delivery
● Population health disparities
The degree is interdisciplinary in two respects. First, the CHS curriculum requires courses from a range of sciences (social, psychological, behavioral, natural, and health) and humanities (English, philosophy, and religious studies). Second, the core CHS faculty represent a range of disciplines, including:
● Medical Sociology
● Social Work
● Nursing
● Public Health
● Gerontology
● Pastoral Counseling
The degree is applied because it requires a semester-long internship in a health-related organization. The CHS program allows for a diverse array of internship possibilities. To date, CHS students have been placed in a wide range of organizations, including:
● UA - Campus Recreation
● American Cancer Society
● UA - Skin Cancer Institute
● Spine & Orthopedic Specialist
● Carondelet St. Mary’s Hospital
● Autism Society - Greater Tucson
● Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona
● Easter Seals Blake Foundation (Children and Family Services)

For further information, contact

School of Sociology
Social Sciences Building
Room 400
(520) 621-3531
or send an email to
Brian Mayer
Director of Undergraduate Studies