Certificate in the Sociology of Medicine and Aging (12 credit hours)

The field of medicine and healthcare is projected to be a fast growing industry well into the 21st century. This growth is driven in part by the high proportion of the population that will be reaching retirement age and beyond in the coming years. By completing the Certificate in the Sociology of Medicine and Aging, you will develop special insight into the various intersections between medicine/healthcare and the aging process.

Required Courses

  • SOC 375 Medical Sociology (3 Credit Hours)
  • SOC 355 Death and Dying (3 Credit Hours)
  • SOC 644 Sociology of Aging (3 Credit Hours)
  • SOCW 620 Spirituality and Aging (3 Credit Hours)


The Certificate in the Sociology of Medicine and Aging is available on campus as well as online through the Virtual College. For more information, contact Dr. Pelgy Vaz(pvaz@fhsu.edu), who coordinates this certificate program.

Please Note: It is the responsibility of the student to inform the coordinator of the certificate program that he or she has completed the certificate requirements. Your certificate will not be awarded until you have completed the requirements and informed your coordinator of same. To ensure there is enough time to process your certificate, please inform your coordinator by the 21st day of the semester in which the certificate is to be awarded.


In order to verify certificate completion, the student must go into his/her TigerTracks account, where the unofficial transcript can be found. Simply highlight and copy the whole unofficial transcript or at least the portion that lists the courses necessary to meet the certificate requirements. The student may then paste that copied text that is his/her unofficial transcript into an e-mail message to the certificate coordinator. The student's e-mail note to the certificate coordinator should begin with an expression of the certificate(s) earned, followed by the unofficial transcript.

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