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Hammond Hall 201
600 Park Street 
Hays, KS 67601 
Phone: 785-628-4291 
Toll Free: 800-628-FHSU 
Fax: 785-628-4037
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Certificate in Sociology of Medicine and Aging

Medicine and healthcare is projected to be a fast growing industry well into the 21st Century, and this growth is in part driven by the high proportion of the population that will be reaching retirement age and beyond. Students who complete this certificate will develop special insight into the various intersections between medicine/healthcare and the aging process. This is a 12 credit-hour certificate.

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)


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 portions of the unofficial transcript 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 coordinator should begin with an expression of the certificate(s) earned, followed by the unofficial transcript.

Contact Information

Dr. Pelgy Vaz
Fort Hays State University
Rarick Hall 321
600 Park Street
Hays, KS 67601-4099
Phone: (785) 628-5359
Web: Sociology

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