Sociology of Healthcare
This assignment will provide students with the opportunity to look at the demographic characteristics of physicians and to explore how the income distribution of physicians compares to the general population. There are two separate components of this exercise included in this assignment: (1) a comparison of the demographic characteristics of physicians to the general population, (2) an analysis of the changing demographic characteristics of physicians from 1990 to 2000. Students will gain experience preparing tables and analyzing and interpreting some of the health care data from the 1990 and 2000 United States censuses.
After using this module, students will gain skills in:
- Using software to access and analyze census data
- Identifying independent and dependent variables
- Quantitative writing
- Learning how to construct, read, and interpret bivariate tables displaying frequencies and percentages
- Creating visual tools representing quantitative data in the form of charts or graphs
- Identifying population trends over time
- Using real world data to enhance and support key course concepts
Context for Use
Description and Teaching Materials
Teaching Notes and Tips
References and Resources
Light, Donald. 2005. "Countervailing Power: The Changing Character of the Medical Profession in the United States." Pp. 215-224 in The Sociology of Health and Illness, Sixth Edition, edited by Peter Conrad. New York: Worth Publishers.
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