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2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
  Jul 21, 2024
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Health Humanities Certificate

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The Certificate in Health Humanities is designed for students interested in examining the sociocultural context and historical foundations of medicine and healthcare. The certificate will focus students on understanding sociocultural and philosophical dimensions of health, disease, and disability; and train them in using diverse methods of the arts, humanities, and social sciences to explore questions animating medicine and healthcare. The certificate includes 3 required interdisciplinary courses (9 credits) and 3 electives (9 credits) which students will choose in consultation with the Certificate in Health Humanities Advisor from a curated pool of courses that address humane aspects of health and medicine.

Course Curriculum

Students must complete a total of 18 credits to fullfill the requirements of the Certificate in Health Humanities. There are three required core courses (three credits each); students can select three electives (3 credits each) to successfully complete the certificate.

Required Core Courses

The following three courses are required for the Certificate in Health Humanities.

Elective Course Options

Students will choose two electives from a list of lower-level courses and one elective from a list of upper-level courses to form a thematically clustered, individually tailored course of study. Students may substitute upper-level courses in place of lower-level courses. Among the three electives, at least two will be drawn from the humanities and/or social sciences.

The following are examples of possible themes and applicable courses.

Full List of Elective Options

Lists of lower- and upper-level electives, identified from among regularly offered courses of the Dietrich School, are provided below. Each semester, the Certificate in Health Humanities Advisor will review the DSAS course offerings and publish lists of lower- and upper-level electives relevant to the Certificate in Health Humanities.

Upper-Level Electives

Grade Requirements

Grade Requirements

A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required in each course that counts toward the certificate.

Satisfactory/No Credit Option

There is no limit to the number of courses that can be taken on the S/NC basis for this certificate.

Students interested in the certificate should contact one of the advisors in the Department of English.

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