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. The new curriculum requirements are found below. Students still on the old curriculum who have questions should contact their advisors.

*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 1950, Theories of the Body
  • 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