Medical Humanities and Bioethics

Program Type: Certificate

The Certificate in Medical Humanities and Bioethics works in concert with our existing Master’s in Medical Humanities and Bioethics program, drawing on that program’s well-established array of interdisciplinary courses. The Certificate program exposes students to the key conceptual approaches and methodological tools that each of the core disciplines in the field of Medical Humanities and Bioethics contributes to addressing problems in medicine. These core disciplines include: Bioethics/Philosophy, Law, History, Literature, and the Social Sciences, and our required coursework covers each of these fields in turn in its engagement with medicine. 

This interdisciplinary training in Medical Humanities and Bioethics is particularly beneficial to students interested in building upon a primary area of expertise such as medicine, law, genetic counseling, and other related fields. For such students, the Certificate program both provides and marks an additional area of expertise that can enhance and expand their primary professional work. The Certificate offers training relevant to a variety of clinical, academic, and industry career paths, preparing students to take on roles such as serving on hospital ethics committees and institutional review boards, as well as to conduct scholarly and policy work on medicine and ethics.

See Medical Humanities and Bioethics Certificate Requirements for specific courses and procedures needed to complete this program.

How to Apply

Enrolled PhD and Master’s students in The Graduate School may pursue this certificate with the permission of his/her program.

Who to Contact

Please contact the program director, listed below, with questions about this program.

Megan Crowley-Matoka

Email: m-crowley-matoka@northwestern.edu

Phone: 312-503-2968