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2018-2019 University Catalog 
2018-2019 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Medical Humanities Certificate

About the Program

The Medical Humanities Certificate provides students with an understanding of how human experience, medical practice, and scientific technology intersect. Using an interdisciplinary approach, the program emphasizes how bioscience and health care take place within specific cultural and social contexts. The demand for professionals who can synthesize the ethical, social, historical, and practical aspects of health care continues to grow. This certificate will aid graduates pursuing degrees in pharmacy, medicine, occupational therapy, and other health professions, as well as law and graduate school programs to stand out.

Department of History

Requirements for the Certificate (18 credits)

A. Required Courses (12+ credits)

Other electives may be considered with a medical humanities focus with the permission of the program director.

Category 2: Social Sciences (6+ credits)

B. Interdisciplinary Capstone Project (3 credits)

  • Select one 400-500 level class from the elective list which must result in an interdisciplinary Medical Humanities project.

The capstone project offers an opportunity to develop an extended interdisciplinary analysis of a significant problem in medical humanities. Individual project advisors will specify the precise requirements for the project. Capstone projects must be registered and approved by the Program Director through Medical Humanities Capstone Application  form available on Medical Humanities website to fulfill certificate requirement.


  • Students must earn a “C-” or better in order to receive credits for meeting [a unit level requirement]. The P/NP option is not available to complete this minor. 
  • At least 50% of credits for the CLA certificate must be from Purdue University.
  • Courses marked with (*) are variable title and/or variable credit courses. These courses may be applied to the Medical Humanities Certificate only in cases where the content is extensively relevant to Medical Humanities.
  • 2.0 Graduation GPA required for Certificate.


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