Certificate in Medical Humanities

The Certificate in Medical Humanities allows students to use interdisciplinary approaches to explore and understand how health and health care operate in diverse cultural and social contexts. The certificate is recommended for students who intend to enter a health profession and wish to work more effectively in cross-cultural settings, but it is open to undergraduate students from any college or major. 

Certificate Requirements

Students can satisfy the requirements of the certificate by completing 15 hours in the following courses:

Required Courses a
ANTH 216Medicine, Culture, and Society3
Select one of the following:3
The Health Media Environment
Health Economics
Constructions of Gender, Race, Health, and Human Rights
Biomedical Ethics
Health and Medicine
Three electives, to be chosen with the advisor. Must deal with the background, experiences, and unique challenges of different groups and populations who engage with healthcare systems.9
Total Hours15

At least nine of the 15 hours in the certificate must be at the 200 level or above. At least half of the credits must be completed in residence at UIC, and no more than six total hours (two classes) may satisfy requirements for both the Certificate in Medical Humanities and the student’s major or minor.