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date: 22 September 2019

This chapter discusses medical sociology and health psychology in two separate sections covering the same three important themes: the highlights of the body of theory of each discipline; the main methodological approaches of each field that are relevant to public health research and practice; and areas of research that illustrate the contributions of medical sociology and health psychology to the field of public health. After discussing each discipline separately, this chapter presents a succinct description of the incorporation of sociology and psychology on the graduate public health curricula, and concludes with a summary of the main inputs of medical sociology and health psychology to the discipline of public health. The list of references has a dual purpose: it documents the arguments and serves as further reading on the historical and current developments in medical sociology and health psychology of relevance to public health researchers and practitioners.

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