Learning Objectives

16.1 Explain sociological definitions of health and medicine.

16.2 Describe the sociological importance of the sick role, the social construction of illness, and stigma.

16.3 Recognize key issues in health care in the United States.

16.4 Identify four public health problems in the United States.

16.5 Discuss HIV/AIDS as a sociological concern.

16.6 Understand the relationship between globalization and public health.