MHS majors craft a plan of study that includes core MHS classes, electives that meets their particular interests, and an area of concentration. 36 credit hours of course work, distributed as follows:
1. CORE COURSE: One of the following core courses (3 hours):
- MHS 1920, Politics of Health
- MHS 1930, Social Dimensions of Health and Illness
- MHS 1940, Racial & Ethnic Health Disparities
- MHS 1950, Theories of the Body
- MHS 2110, American Medicine in the World
- MHS 2230, Masculinity and Men’s Health
- ANTH 2342, Biology of Inequality
- HUM 1610, COVID and Society
2. CONCENTRATION: Four courses (12 hours) not used to satisfy the core course or elective requirements in one of the concentrations areas:
- Global health: emphasizes social and political determinants of global health disparities, history of global public health concepts and practices, relationship between culture and health, various health systems.
- Health policies and economies: emphasizes the economic, legal, and political dimensions of health.
- Health behaviors and health sciences: emphasizes biological and social foundations of health.
- Inequality, intersectionality, and health justice: emphasizes how diverse structures of inequality intersect and shape health disparities; and considers the role of social justice movements in reducing inequities.
- Medicine, humanities, and the arts: emphasizes critical inquiry of our most basic ideas about health and medicine.
- Critical Health Studies: Students choosing this concentration must propose a set of four courses (12 credit hours) that form a coherent program of study related to critical health studies and receive approval from the director of undergraduate studies.
(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 3880 and 3831). Up to 12 hours from the following list may be counted for the major: BSCI 1510-1511; BSCI 2520; BSCI 3234 (formally MHS 1500); CHEM 2221-2222 or 2211-2212; MHS 3101-3102; MHS 1600. Your grade in all of these courses will count toward your MHS GPA.
4. DISCIPLINARY REQUIREMENT: At least three credit hours from the following courses must be used to satisfy the concentration requirement or electives requirement.
- ANTH 3143, Medical Anthropology
- ANTH 3141, Anthropology of Healing
- ECON 2350, Health Care Policy
- ECON 3350, Economics of Health
- HIST 2800, Modern Medicine
- MHS 1960, Health Humanities
- MHS 3050W, Medicine and Literature
- MHS 3120, Medicine, Technology, and Society
- PHIL 1008, 1008W Introduction to Medical Ethics
- PHIL 3608, Ethics and Medicine
- PSCI 3268, American Health Policy
- PSY 3635, Health Psychology
- SOC 3301, Society and Medicine
- SOC 3304, Race, Gender, and Health
- WGS 2240, Introduction to Women’s Health