Medical and Mental Health

The graduate program in the Department of Sociology at Kent State University offers a specialization in medical sociology and sociology of mental health. Within those broad areas, students and faculty study a range of topics:

  • The stress process

  • Neighborhoods and health

  • Doctor-patient interaction

  • Identities and health

  • Aging

  • Health disparities

  • Caregiving and caregivers

  • Epidemiology

  • Substance use


The department offers numerous courses on health and mental health, including the Sociology of Healthcare, Sociology of Medicine, Epidemiologic Methods in Health Research, Sociology of Mental Health & Mental Disorders, and Social Gerontology.