Faculty of Arts
Department of Sociology and Criminology
317 Isbister Building
183 Dafoe Road
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2M9
Christopher J. Fries is a social and behavioural health scientist who is interested in understanding relationship amongst social location, culture, embodiment, health beliefs, health behaviour and personal and structural health determinants and outcomes. He has published sociological research investigating: the social determinants of health; health lifestyles; medicalization; use of complementary / alternative medicine; the relationship between ethnicity and the use of alternative healing practices; multiculturalism; family physicians' opinions of alternative medical therapies; the emergence of integrative medicine; and salutogenic theory and practice. He is the co-author of a leading Canadian textbook of health sociology (Oxford University Press, 2nd edition, 2017) which has been adopted for health studies and health sociology courses in more than 20 Canadian universities and colleges.
Working from a sociological perspective, Dr. Christopher J. Fries studies salutogenic health and healing (the origins of health and wellness), health lifestyles and behaviour, embodiment, critical public health, the social determinants of health, medical pluralism and medicalization.