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Indiana University Graduate Certificate in Medical Humanities

The Graduate Certificate in Medical Humanities 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 provides students with the qualitative humanistic and socio-cultural perspectives on health care, in contrast to the clinical/objective approach traditionally taken in biomedicine.

*The Graduate Certificate in Medical Humanities requires the completion of five courses (15 credit hours), two of which are required (M501, M595).

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Admission Requirements :

  • Undergraduate degree from an accredited institution
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Personal statement
  • Two letters of recommendation

Core Courses (6 credit hours):

  • MHHS, M501 The Human Condition, 3 cr.  
  • MHHS M595 Clinical Practicum in Medical Humanities, 3 cr.

Elective Courses in Medical Humanities Graduate Certificate (9 credit hours):

  • MHHS-M 504 Intro. to Research Ethics
  • **MHHS-M 592 Grad. Topics Med. Humanities: Health and Human Values
  • ANTH-A 560 Variable Topics in Anthropology: Forensic Anthropology
  • COMM-C 510 Health Provider-Consumer Comm. (ONLINE COURSE)
  • COMM-C 592 Advanced Health Communication
  • ECON-E 643 Health Economics
  • HIST-H 546 History of Science, Medicine, and Technology
  • PHIL-P 547 Foundation of Bioethics
  • PHIL-P 555 Ethical & Policy Issues International Research
  • SOC-S 526 The Sociology of Human Sexuality
  • **SOC-S 560 Topics in Sociology: Disability

Note: Courses marked with ** cannot be repeated if taken on the same topic as an undergraduate

Click Here for the Fall 2019 Course List and Graduate Certificate Flyer.


Ph.D. Minor in Medical Humanities

The Ph.D. Minor in Medical Humanities and Health Studies in the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI 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 knowledge accumulated from the Medical Humanities and Health Studies Program 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.

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For more information, contact:

Graduate Program Director
Elizabeth A. Nelson
E-Mail: eanelson@indiana.edu