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Social Studies of Medicine

Social Studies of Medicine

Location

Location

  • Department of Social Studies of Medicine
  • 3647 Peel Street, 2nd Floor
  • Montreal, QC H3A 1X1
  • Canada
  • Telephone: 514-398-6033
  • Fax: 514-398-1498
  • Email: dept [dot] ssom [at] mcgill [dot] ca
  • Website: www.mcgill.ca/ssom

About Social Studies of Medicine

About Social Studies of Medicine

The Department (SSOM) offers graduate studies in three programs:

  • one in Medical Anthropology, given jointly with the Department of Anthropology;
  • one in History of Medicine, given jointly with the Department of History and Classical Studies; and
  • two in Medical Sociology, given jointly with the Department of Sociology.

In each program, the student may work toward the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees. All degrees are awarded by the relevant Faculty of Arts department. For further information regarding those departments, please consult the Anthropology, History, or Sociology sections.

The Department (SSOM) is interdisciplinary, having faculty in the fields of medical anthropology, medical history, and medical sociology. In its programs of graduate studies, it attempts to provide two things: training that is solidly grounded in the discipline of the chosen program, i.e., in anthropology, history, or sociology; and, through seminars and interaction with Department members and other graduate students, exposure to the other disciplines that are represented in the Department. The Department aims to instill in its graduates a combination of disciplinary competence and interdisciplinary perspective.

Master of Arts (M.A.); Medical Anthropology (Thesis) (48 credits)
The program is open to students with backgrounds in the social sciences, the medical professions, or the medical sciences. The M.A. degree is awarded by the Anthropology Department and admission is granted by a joint Admissions Committee made up of representatives from Anthropology and the Department of Social Studies of Medicine.
Master of Arts (M.A.); History of Medicine (Non-Thesis) (45 credits)
The program requires the completion of 45 credits, composed of required courses, graduate seminars, plus a major research paper. The program is normally completed in three terms, or one calendar year.
Master of Arts (M.A.); Sociology (Thesis) — Medical Sociology (48 credits)
This includes 18 credits of coursework and a research thesis that is based on original research (30 credits).
Master of Arts (M.A.); Sociology (Non-Thesis) — Medical Sociology (45 credits)
This includes 27 credits of coursework and a research paper based on original research (18 credits).

Ph.D. Programs

For information on the doctoral programs, please refer to the appropriate Department – Anthropology, History and Classical Studies, or Sociology.

Social Studies of Medicine Admission Requirements and Application Procedures

Social Studies of Medicine Admission Requirements and Application Procedures

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

M.A. in Medical Anthropology

The program is open to students with backgrounds in the social sciences, the medical professions, or the medical sciences.

M.A. in the History of Medicine

Candidates must have a background in either history (Honours B.A. in History or equivalent) or a degree in one of the health professions.

M.A. in Medical Sociology

The program is open to students with a background in social sciences, health professions, or health sciences. It aims to prepare candidates for a career of teaching and research in medical sociology, and there is consequently a preference for applicants with the potential to proceed to the doctoral degree.

Ph.D. Programs

Candidates for a Ph.D. will normally have taken their M.A. in the same field. Please refer to the appropriate department: Anthropology, History and Classical Studies, or Sociology.

Application Procedures

Application Procedures

McGill’s online application form for graduate program candidates is available at www.mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/apply.

M.A. in Medical Anthropology

Admission is granted by a joint Admissions Committee made up of representatives from Anthropology and SSOM.

For details concerning applications, teaching assistantships, fellowships, etc., see the Department of Anthropology: www.mcgill.ca/anthropology/graduate/ma.

M.A. in the History of Medicine

Application is made directly to the Department of History and Classical Studies. For details, see the Department of History and Classical Studies: www.mcgill.ca/history/graduate/ma.

M.A. in Medical Sociology

Admission is granted by representatives from Sociology and SSOM. For details concerning applications, teaching, assistantships, fellowships, etc., see the Department of Sociology: www.mcgill.ca/sociology/grad/requirements.

Ph.D. Programs

Please refer to the appropriate department: Anthropology, History and Classical Studies, or Sociology.

Application Deadlines

Application Deadlines

The application deadlines to the Social Studies of Medicine Option may vary depending on the department you are applying to. For more information, please contact the Graduate Program Coordinator in the department you are interested in.

Social Studies of Medicine Faculty

Social Studies of Medicine Faculty

Chair
Alberto Cambrosio
Emeritus Professor
Margaret Lock; B.Sc.(Leeds), M.A., Ph.D.(Calif., Berk.) (Marjorie Bronfman Professor Emerita in Social Studies in Medicine)
Professors
Alberto Cambrosio; M.Env.(Sher.), Ph.D.(Montr.)
Thomas Schlich; M.D.(Marburg), Ph.D.(Freiburg) (James McGill Professor in History of Medicine)
Andrea Tone; M.A., Ph.D.(Emory) (Canada Research Chair in the Social History of Medicine)
George Weisz; M.A., Ph.D.(SUNY), Dr. 3rd Cycle(Paris) (Cotton-Hannah Professor of the History of Medicine)
Allan Young; M.A.(Wash.), B.A., Ph.D.(Penn.) (Marjorie Bronfman Professor in Social Studies in Medicine)
Associate Professor
Faith E. Wallis; M.A., M.L.S.(McG.), Ph.D.(Tor.)
Assistant Professor
Tobias Rees; M.A.(Tübingen), Ph.D.(Calif., Berk.)
Associate Professor
Jonathan Kimmelman; M.A., Ph.D.(Yale) (Biomedical Ethics Unit)
Assistant Professors
Jennifer Fishman; M.A.(Calif., Irvine), Ph.D.(Calif.) (Biomedical Ethics Unit)
Nicholas King; M.A., Ph.D.(Harv.) (Biomedical Ethics Unit)
Adjunct Professor
Cornelius Borck; M.A., M.D.(Free Univ., Berlin), Ph.D.(Lond.)
Faculty of Arts—2013-2014 (last updated Jul. 19, 2013) (disclaimer)