Honors Program

MHS Honors is a selective, two-semester program of individual undergraduate research, supervised by faculty advisors. Honors candidates propose, research, and write a thesis that contributes to an existing scholarly literature in the chosen field of study. To satisfy MHS’s requirements, the thesis must examine some aspect of health and health care in its social and cultural contexts.

Completed applications are due by March 15th of the applicant’s junior year.

Program Requirements:

  • 3.3 cumulative grade point average.
  • 3.3 cumulative grade point average in Medicine, Health, and Society.
  • 6 hours in the fall and spring semesters of the senior year in MHS 4998-4999
  • An honors thesis to be submitted no later than two weeks before the end of classes in the spring of the senior year.
  • Successful completion of an oral examination focusing on the topic of the thesis.

Application process:

  • Completed applications should be submitted electronically to MHS@Vanderbilt.edu by March 15th of the applicant’s junior year.  A completed application includes the MHS honors program form, thesis proposal and a letter of recommendation from the faculty member who has agreed to be your thesis advisor. The letter of recommendation should be emailed separately by the faculty member. Application available here.
  • We will review your application and make a decision within two weeks. Students who are accepted into the honors track will enroll in MHS 4998 (3 hours) in the fall semester of their senior year, and MHS 4999 (3 hours) in the spring semester.

Additional information is available from the Director of Medicine, Health, and Society.