Welcome to Health & Society

If there is one thing that HESO teaches you, it is that you have to look beyond the clouds to see the blue in the sky.

Amanda Pierre
HESO Graduate, Class of 2017

To see health in its social context is to look beyond the limits of medicine, to a much wider set of questions that engage social, cultural, political and moral aspects of human experience.

The Health & Society (HESO) Program provides students with a toolkit for understanding health and illness, both as lived realities and as reflections of larger social, cultural and political processes, on a scale ranging from the interpersonal to the international. We value the kind of practical knowledge gained from experiential learning and seek to combine this with the development of a rigorous critical analysis. Taken together, the courses that comprise a HESO degree give students a truly comprehensive understanding of health.