Medical Humanities

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The Certificate Program in Medical Humanities creates an interdisciplinary framework for investigating many challenges within medicine and caregiving. Our aim is to promote dialogue and mutual appreciation for various approaches to health related topics.These perspectives, in turn, encourage students to explore illness, disability, dying and healing as human experiences influenced by cultural factors and personal values systems.This format also allows students to evaluate some of the limitations of an exclusively scientific orientation towards health care and research. A three credit introductory seminar (HUM 315) and a three credit Capstone Seminar (ENGL 470) further provide intellectual cohesiveness and a sense of community  among students enrolled in this 18 credit program. Both co-directors and other student advisors will help students choose courses best suited to their personal and professional interests. Especially relevant to training in health care professions and research, this program may appeal to students majoring in a range of disciplines. Most humanities courses applicable to this program fulfill humanities requirements for many majors, minors, and concentrations. Open to Honors students with required adjustments to their courses work. Applicable courses may change as departments offer new options.



  • Improved preparation for the new MCATs, (starting 2015), that include questions on psychology and sociology.
  • Attend relevant events throughout the area: movies, museum exhibits, public library speakers, plays, and symposia at other institutions.
  • Shadowing medical professionals
  • International travel to various health facilities under the auspices of Drexel's International Study Abroad Program.


Certificate Requirements: Medical Humanities: 18.0 credits


Example Student Papers

Additional information

For additional information, contact the program co-directors:

Stacey Ake, PhD

Emilie S. Passow, PhD