Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior Section: Foundational Concept 9

Cultural and social differences influence well-being.

Social structure and demographic factors influence peoples’ health and well-being. Knowledge about basic sociological theories, social institutions, culture, and demographic characteristics of societies is important to understand how these factors shape peoples’ lives and their daily interactions.

Foundational Concept 9 focuses on social variables and processes that influence our lives.

With these building blocks, medical students will be able to learn about the ways in which patients’ social and demographic backgrounds influence their perceptions of health and disease, the health care team, and therapeutic interventions.
 

Content Category 9A: Understanding social structure

Category 9A focuses on the link between social structures and human interactions.

Content Category 9B: Demographic characteristics and processes

Category 9B focuses on the demographic characteristics and processes that define a society.