Society and culture

About this unit

AAMC 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.

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