Sociology of Black Health


Sociology of Black Health and Wellbeing explores health, illness, and disease from a sociological perspective. It locates these concepts within Africa’s social, economic, cultural, and political context. Students will be introduced to the sociological lens with which health and health inequalities are impacted by class, race, gender, and geography. What role does the sociological frame say about the role they have on communities’ health status and utilisation of healthcare systems? Students will explore the impact culture has on conceptions of health and disease, health seeking behaviour, and healthcare utilisation. Macro (culture, economics, politics) and micro focus is used to examine policies and healthcare system design, and how that links to healthcare access and personal experience (mind, body, emotion) for African people.

Sociology is taught by the premier leading academics in their fields who are pioneering African centred research and praxis. This course creates an environment where African and diasporic students can understand and challenge the reproduction of knowledge and how that knowledge can be applied to African development. In addition, students will also get the opportunity to expand their professional network by collaborating and engaging with an international cohort and teaching team.


Dr Aminata Cairo

Dr Mwenda Ntarangwi

Dr Aminata Cairo

Dr Baba Buntu

Dr Aminata Cairo

Dr Aminata Cairo

The Sociology of Black Health is delivered with a mix of learning approaches that are designed to challenge students to self-reflect and construct solutions to real-life scenarios.

Aside from mandatory live lectures each week, students will be expected to participate in online discussions and peer learning. The course combines live case study, group work, and discussion where you will be expected to apply the learning and guidance from your tutor.

Lectures and tutorials will be delivered via our online campus, along with a mix of learning methods including audio-visual materials, practical exercises, group discussions and guided reading.

Assessment will be made via a combination of a course assignment, peer engagement quizzes, and tests.

Tuition for the course is £1305

Students can pay upfront or choose to pay in 3 instalments

The School of Pan African Thought Ltd is a member of the CPD Certification Service.

This course will be submitted for accreditation and certification with the United Kingdom CPD Certification Service and is therefore recognised as applicable to individuals who are members of, or are associated with, UK-based professional bodies.

A qualification in the Sociology of Africa provides you with the knowledge and understanding of Africa’s complex social and cultural landscape whilst recognising how this diversity extends to the diaspora. It is an opportunity for students to challenge cultural assumptions about Africa that are inherent in western anthropological and sociological cannon. This cultural awareness, on what is the frontier market of the globe, as well as the analytical and problem solving skills are valuable to employers

Students will develop the skills through the course to build and maintain meaningful partnerships with international development organisations that are based in the continent and Pan African organisations in the diaspora and in Africa.

Our tutors and professors are leading in their fields of research and have been published in:

Journal of Pan African Studies
Western Journal of Black Studies
Journal of the International Society of Teacher Education
Critical Sociology and Race, Gender & Class
The Conversation

Our students can use this qualification to enhance their career in the following field of work:

● Local and central government
● Social and market research
● Charitable and voluntary organisations
● Public relations, journalism and communications
● Media and marketing
● Law criminal justice system.
● Teaching and education
● Public policy research
● Data analysts

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