Major

MHS rolled out a new curriculum in fall 2014. Students who declared their major before fall 2014, may follow the old curriculum or the new curriculum. Each curriculum is summarized below.

NEW Curriculum Requirements:

*Effective Fall 2015, Vanderbilt University has introduced a new course catalog numbering scheme.  For assistance with the translation between the old (3-digit) and new (4-digit) numbers, please consult the Course Renumbering Lookup Tool:

36 credit hours of course work, distributed as follows:

1. CORE COURSE –‐ One of the following core courses (3 hours):

  • MHS 170/1920, Politics of Health
  • MHS 180/1940, Racial & Ethnic Health Disparities
  • MHS 201/1930, Fundamental Issues in MHS
  • MHS 208/2110, American Medicine in the World
  • MHS 232/2230, Masculinity and Men’s Health
  • ANTH 242/2342, Biology of Inequality

2. CONCENTRATION –‐ Four courses (12 hours) not used to satisfy the core course or elective requirements in one of the concentrations areas:

(Lists of applicable courses are listed in the Catalog)

3. ELECTIVES –‐ Seven courses not used to satisfy the core course or concentration requirements chosen from the catalog (21 credit hours). All MHS and MHS-approved courses may count as electives (except MHS 293a/3880 and 294a/3831). Up to 12 hours from the following list may be counted toward MHS electives: BSCI 110a–b; BSCI 220/2520; CHEM 220a–b/2221-2222 or 218a-218b/5401-5501; NURS 210a–b/3101-3102; NURS 231a-b/1601-1602.

4. DISCIPLINARY REQUIREMENT — At least three credit hours from the following courses must be used to satisfy the concentration requirement or electives requirement.

  • ANTH 240/3143, Medical Anthropology
  • ANTH 250/3141, Anthropology of Healing
  • ECON 221/2350, Health Care Policy
  • ECON 268/3350, Economics of Health
  • HIST 280/2800, Modern Medicine
  • MHS 205W/3050W, Medicine and Literature
  • PHIL 108/1008, 108W/1008W Introduction to Medical Ethics
  • PHIL 270/3608, Ethics and Medicine
  • PSCI 268/3268, American Health Policy
  • PSY 268/3268, Health Psychology
  • SOC 237/3301, Society and Medicine
  • SOC 268/3304, Race, Gender, and Health
  • WGS 240/2240, Introduction to Women’s Health

OLD Curriculum Requirements:36 credit hours of course work, distributed as follows:

1. CORE COURSES – Three of the following core courses (9 hours):

  • ANTH 240/3143, Medical Anthropology or ANTH 250/3141, Anthropology and Healing
  • BSCI 105/1105, Human Biology
  • ECON 268/3350, Economics of Health
  • HIST 280/2800, Modern Medicine or ASIA 230/2630/, Chinese Medicine
  • MHS 201/1930, Fundamental Issues in Medicine, Health, and Society
  • MHS 202/3010, Perspectives on Global Public Health or MHS 203/3020, U.S. Public Health Ethics & Policy
  • MHS 205/3050, 205W/3050W, Literature and Medicine or SPAN 274/4760, Literature and Medicine
  • MHS 248/2150, Medical Humanities
  • PHIL 108/1008, 108W/1008W, Introduction to Medical Ethics or PHIL 270/3608, Ethics and Medicine
  • PSY 268/3635, Health Psychology or (P) PSY 2560/3730, Health Psychology
  • SOC 237/3301, Society & Medicine or SOC 268/3304, Race, Gender and Health

2. ELECTIVES –‐ Nine courses not used to satisfy the core course requirements chosen from the list of approved courses (27 credit hours). All MHS courses may count as electives (except MHS 293a/3880 and 294a/3830).

Up to 6 hours from the following list may be counted toward MHS electives:BSCI 110a–b/1510-1511; BSCI 220/2520; CHEM 220a–b/2221-2222 or 218a-218b/2211-2212; NURS 210a–b/3101-3102; NURS 231a-b/1601-6102.