Summer Lunch & Learn
The Social Dimensions of Health
Tuesday, June 12, 2018 · Noon - 1 PM
Join us for a series of informal talks on a variety of interdisciplinary topics in STEM. Meet other students, connect with UMBC faculty, broaden your knowledge, and prepare for a successful career in STEM.
Students and faculty are invited to attend one or all of these talks. Lunch is on us!
There’s far more to understanding health than just learning about medicine.
Social dimensions of health are the conditions beyond biology and genetics that impact how people are born, live, work, age and die. Learn about the social sciences’ important role in health and medicine, and discover how social and psychological factors impact health, illness and health care delivery.
Pre-med students, or anyone considering a career in the health sciences, will benefit by better understanding the psychological and social dimensions of health. Students who anticipate taking the MCAT (Medical College Admission Test) will find that a knowledge of psychological and socio-cultural aspects of health is now a test requirement. This one-hour overview offers important insights that will change how you view health - no matter your future profession.
Bio: Dr. John Schumacher is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Health Administration at UMBC where he co-directs the Gerontology Doctoral Program. He has a secondary appointment in the School of Medicine at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. As a medical sociologist and social gerontologist his research and writing focus on physician-patient relationships and health care delivery across a range of settings. Recognizing the influence of the social dimensions of health has played a prominent role in his collaborative research with health care providers and patients.
Sponsored by the Office of Summer, Winter and Special Programs; and the College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences.