Departamento de Ciencias Sociales
Escuela Graduada de Salud Pública

Recinto de Ciencias Médica
Universidad de Puerto Rico












La misión fundamental de la Unidad de Ciencias Sociales es la de incrementar y difundir los conocimientos científicos en el campo de las ciencias sociales aplicadas a la salud.


El objetivo de la unidad esta enmarcada en: 1. identificar, entender y analizar los factores de naturaleza sociales y culturales como factores determinantes del estado de bienestar general de la sociedad. 2.Promover la incorporación integral de conocimientos de las ciencias sociales aplicadas a la salud a todo el personal de salud que se adiestra en el Recinto de Ciencias Médicas. 3.Ofrecer consultoría a las agencias de servicios, dirigida al desarrollo de nuevos modelos de servicios de salud que incorporen en forma integral conocimientos de las ciencias sociales aplicadas a la salud. 4. Promover la creación de nuevos profesionales en el campo de la salud que asuman liderato en el área de la aplicación de las ciencias sociales en la salud.

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Descripción de Cursos

(Course description)


CISO 6099 (1-6cr)

This course will be offered by a special arrangement where the student agrees to carry out a study or research project or an independent study with a faculty member of the Social Sciences Unit. It may include the following activities: readings, literature review, field work, etc. A minimum of 24 hours are required for each academic credit, to be determined according to the type of project proposed by the student and the average time that it will require. It will be counted as an elective course.

CISO 6500 (3cr)

This course is designed for students in the master programs in Helth Services Administration and Public Health. It offers an overview of the nature and functioning of the social system form the health systems perspective. The socio-cultural and psychological dimension of health behavior is explored. Health systems components such as hospitals and other health services are examined from a sociological and psychological perspective.

CISO 6501 (6cr)

This course offers an in-depth analysis of the various theories of the social structure and the social processes underlying it. It emphasizes the systemic and interdependent character of the social order. The course also examines explanatory theories and views of social change. It seeks to make students conscious of the need to analyze social facts in light of the social context in which they originate, and expose them to the necessary theoretical elements that will enable them to examine the dynamics of social change in its historical development.

CISO 6505 (4cr)

This course will intensively explore the mayor psychosocial phenomena of group behavior, most particularly those associated with change and communication, particularly processes such as motivation, perception, and cognition. The seminar utilizes the group as a vehicle for instruction. The student through this process becomes an object and subject of learning. This is designed for any graduate student in the school of public health. Exercise of group dynamics and conferences will be the pedagogical techniques of the course. The student will be required to present a written report at the end of the semester.

CISO 6506 (4cr)

This course examines the processes of man in his interaction with his environment from an ecological perspective. The causes and effects of the rupture of man's ecological equilibrium are discussed emphasizing the phenomenon of urban growth and its implications.

CISO 6508 (4cr)

Study of the fundamental of social dynamics and structure with special emphasis in the family and the community. Study of the values, norms, and behavioral patterns as related to health and nutrition as factors of directed social change, are also studied. The course meets four hours a week.

CISO 6538 (2cr)

The main objective of this course is to offer an understanding of social, cultural and psychological variables which affect the integration of health organizations to the community. Some of the topics discussed are: interorganizational levels, structural integration of the organization to the society, communication within the organization, the community and the clientele, decision making processes, mechanisms to detect needs and social indicators.

CISO 6542 (3cr)

This course is designed for graduate students in the master program in public health education. It will discuss some definitions, uses and abuses of the term "mental health", common notions and perceptions of the Puerto Rico concerning "mental health and mental illness" and some theoretical models that offer a vision of the health individual. Upon analyzing some of the criteria that have been utilized in the attempt to define mental health, the applications for our culture will be discussed. Some indicators of mental health will be identified. The emphasis will be upon identifying the interrelation of cultural factors at level of the family, community, and society that significantly influence the mental or emotional health of the individual. The course will be offered in the third semester and is programmed for three hours of conference and/or group discussion. The student will carry out a research project that will elaborate upon one of the indicators of mental health.

CISO 6545 (3cr)

An overview of the interrelationship between social and health aspects and how they affect contemporary women is presented. Gender as a social stratifier, theories of women's status and roles, the interrelationship between social and health aspects of women by age groups, and women and the health services delivery system are among the topics discussed.

CISO 6547 (3cr)

This course offers an introduction to the study of social structure and social change and their interaction with population dynamics. The course will offer an overview of the different theoretical approaches that attempt to explain social change. It will also analyze the social structure and the social changes that have taken place in Puerto Rico and how these have affected some of Puerto Rico's demographic processes and dynamics.

CISO 6600 (3cr)

Basic principles regarding the selection, planning and conducting of research projects are discussed. Emphasis is given to survey methodology, the design of forms and questionnaires, interviewing, and processing statistical data.

CISO 8005 (3cr)

This course, directed toward Public Health Doctoral students, emphasizes the social and cultural circumstances of the health-illness continuum..   The student will analyze critically the health and illness processes from the own interpretation of the individual given the social circumstances of individual and communities. It includes concepts such as social organization, social inequity, and the manner in which these affect the health of the individual and community. This course will also explore the social and cultural context of behaviors in health and illness; accessibility to health care services; and the diverse response to health problems taken by communities and individuals.





 Los cursos se ofrecen diurnos y vespertinos.








































































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