Master’s Degree in Medicine, Health and Society
Medicine, Health and Society is an interdisciplinary field of research that critically examines the social foundations of health. Graduate students learn about health-related beliefs and practices in their political, social and cultural contexts. The Center integrates scholarship in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences in order to teach students how to approach questions from multiple perspectives.
The MA in Medicine, Health and Society provides students with the interdisciplinary knowledge and skills that future healthcare professionals require. The field of contemporary health care is increasingly shaped by the realization that social, environmental, personal, and structural factors are as essential basic biologic processes to understanding patients’ illness and suffering. Social and cultural aspects of illness and health are a growing component of pre-health education. Students who have completed the MA degree have gone on to professional degree programs in medicine, law and public health. Other recent graduates have accepted positions in research and healthcare consulting.
The graduate program in Medicine, Health and Society accepts applications from external candidates, Vanderbilt undergraduates applying through the combined BA/MA (4+1) program, as well as graduate and professional students from the six participating Vanderbilt schools (A&S, Divinity, Law, Medicine, Nursing, and Peabody). The center also offers a Certificate in Medicine, Health and Society for graduate and professional students at Vanderbilt.
A completed application for admission to the combined BA/MA (4+1) program includes the following:
- Petition to Apply to the Combined BA/MA (4+1) Degree Program signed by your faculty advisor. Completed applications should be submitted electronically to MHS@Vanderbilt.edu by November 1, 2013.
- Statement of Purpose/Research Statement that describes past research and/or academic experience, interests for graduate study, and future plans following graduate school (1-2 pages).
- One (1) letter of recommendation from an MHS or MHS-affiliated faculty member. The letter of recommendation should be emailed separately by the faculty member.
- No GRE scores are required for admission to the 4+1 program in MHS.
A completed application for admission to the MA program includes the following:
- Completed online application through the Vanderbilt Graduate School. MHS begins accepting applications for fall 2014 on September 1, and the final deadline for submission of all materials is January 15, 2014.
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores (We may occasionally accept MCAT scores in lieu of GRE scores).
- Unofficial transcripts showing coursework and degree conferral (Only admitted applicants will be instructed to submit official and final transcripts as a condition of enrollment at Vanderbilt).
- Three (3) letters of recommendation.
- Statement of Purpose/Research Statement that describes past research experience, interests for future research training in graduate school, and future plans following graduate school.
- Writing Sample
Students interested the Certificate in Medicine, Health and Society should contact JuLeigh Petty.