Medical Humanities Certificate


The Medical Humanities Certificate prepares students to engage with biomedicine, health care, and the medical professions from an interdisciplinary perspective. It is designed to serve the professional goals of pre-medical students and those interested in pursuing careers in healthcare, public health, or allied fields by broadening their analytical and theoretical understandings of health and medicine.

The program requires 15 credit hours (5 courses) spanning the Arts & Sciences curriculum, which will introduce students to critical humanities and social science perspectives on medicine and healthcare. Students who earn the Medical Humanities Certificate will have acquired a proficiency in critical, interdisciplinary studies of health and medicine.


The Medical Humanities Certificate is open to undergraduate students in good standing who are currently enrolled at the university in any major. The certificate program requires a minimum of 15 semester hours with a grade of C or above in each course.


Students are required to complete two required courses:

  • HI 4883 U.S. History of Medicine
  • PHI 3323 Medical Ethics

Students must also complete three additional electives, which may be any three courses from the following list:

  • AN 1344 Intro to Biological Anthropology
  • AN 2130 Nutritional Anthropology
  • An 2990 Health Before Columbus
  • AN 4133 Medical Anthropology
  • AN 4153 Gender, Ethnicity, and Health
  • AN 4313 Human Osteology
  • AN 4323 Plagues and People
  • AN 3343 Introduction to Forensic Anthropology
  • AN 4303 Human Variation and Origins
  • AN 4990 Biology and Culture
  • AN 4990 Anthropology of Violence
  • HI 1003 History of Science in Six Ideas
  • HI 4293 History of Gender & Science
  • PHI 4173 Philosophy of Biology
  • PHI 4223 Philosophy of Cognitive Science
  • PSY 3363 Behavior Modification
  • PSY 3503 Health Psychology
  • PSY 3723 Cognitive Neuroscience
  • PSY 4323 History of Psychology
  • PSY 4403 Biological Psychology
  • REL 3483 Judeo-Christian Ethics (Medical Ethics section only)
  • SO 4423 Health and Society
  • SO 4433 Sociology of Death and Dying
  • SW 4623: Social Work with the Aged
  • SW 4633: Social Work in Health Care
  • SW 3003: Populations at Risk

Other courses, including special topics courses (2990 and 4990) and graduate courses, will be considered for elective credit on a case-by-case basis.


The program of the Medical Humanities Certificate is administered through the Dean’s office of the College of Arts & Sciences by a faculty committee:

Dr. Barton Moffat, Associate Professor, Philosophy

Dr. Courtney E. Thompson, Assistant Professor, History (Chair)

Dr. Molly Zuckerman, Associate Professor, Anthropology

How do I enroll in and complete the Certificate? Email Dr. Courtney Thompson ( to express your interest in the program and for advice on what courses to take. There will also be a list of eligible courses available during registration every semester.

When you have completed your planned courses, confirm with Dr. Thompson that you have completed the courses required, and the Certificate will be added to your transcript.