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Medical Humanites and Health Studies

The PhD Minor in Medical Humanities and Health Studies offers an interdisciplinary course of study drawn from the social science and humanities disciplines of liberal arts, as well as courses and participation of faculty from other schools.  The field of Medical Humanities and Health Studies provides students with the qualitative humanistic and socio-cultural perspectives on medicine and health care, in contrast to the clinical/objective approach traditionally taken in biomedicine.

The Doctoral Minor consists of 12 credit hours of course work, including a required introductory course (3 cr.), and a choice of three courses (9 cr.).

All courses must be passed with a grade of B or above to count for the certificate or the minor. The Clinical Practicum must be approved by a faculty advisor prior to registration.  For students currently engaged in a clinical practice, a substantial research and writing project based on their clinical practice, or an additional elective, may be substituted for the practicum.  Those students will register for and enroll in the Clinical Practicum, but will not be required to undertake additional clinical time to complete the course.  In either case, students will work closely with a faculty mentor to complete the practicum.

Doctoral Minor requirements (12 cr.)

  • MHHS-M 501: The Human Condition (3 cr.)
  • Approved Electives (9 cr.)