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Medical Humanities and Bioethics (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.

How to apply

Enrolled PhD and Master's students in The Graduate School may pursue this certificate with the permission of their program. In order to petition to have a Graduate Certificate awarded and appear on the transcript, students must submit the  Application for a Graduate Certificate  once all Graduate Certificate requirements have been completed, but no later than the time that the student files for graduation (in the final quarter of study). 

Who to contact

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

The following requirements are in addition to, or further elaborate upon, those requirements outlined in The Graduate School Policy Guide.

The Certificate requirements are satisfactory completion of the Medical Humanities and Bioethics core coursework, which include:

MHB 401           The Foundations of Bioethics

MHB 402          Medicine and Law

MHB 403          The History of Medicine

MHB 404          Medicine, Literature, and Bioethics

MHB 405          Social Science and Medicine

MHB 406          The Practice of Medical Humanities and Bioethics

MHB 410           Special Topics in Medical Humanities and Bioethics

MHB 499           Independent Study in Medical Humanities and Bioethics