Medical Humanities Certificate

Yuko Iwanaga



"These courses offer students an opportunity to learn how to think deeper, with flexibility and an open mind. As a healthcare professional, I believe that these are indispensable skills to have in the constant quest to provide individualized care tailored to the different physical and psychological
needs of each patient.”


- Yuko Iwanaga, OSU Graduate 2009
Medical Humanities Certificate

 

 


 

The undergraduate Certificate in Medical Humanities offers OSU students a multi-disciplinary integrated program to study health, medicine and the healing professions. The certificate relies on key courses in medical anthropology, literature and medicine, medical history, and biomedical ethics for its core content foundations; courses from an additional nine different disciplines – biology, ethnic studies, exercise science, philosophy, political science, psychology, public health, religious studies, sociology, and women studies – can fulfill complementary elective courses. In addition, the certificate program provides a team-taught colloquium on “the art of healing” that emphasizes skills in professional identity, reflective writing, cultural competency, and diversity as a complement to the scientific features of the healing professions.

 

The certificate will prepare students to:

  • empathize with the sufferings of others;
  • reflect critically on medical knowledge and discourse;
  • create new representations of the medical experience;
  • confront moral, psychological, and ethical dilemmas.


Medical Humanities Core (10 required credits from the following)

ANTH 345. *Biological and Cultural Constructions of Race (3)
ANTH 383. *Introduction to Medical Anthropology (3)
ENG 489/ENG 589. Writing, Literature and Medicine (4)
HSTS 416/HSTS 516. *History of Medicine Pre-1800 (4)
HSTS 417/HSTS 517. *^History of Medicine (4)
PHL 299/HC 299. Selected Topics: The Art of Healing (2)
PHL 444/PHL 544. *Biomedical Ethics (4)
PHL 455/PHL 555. Death and Dying (3)


Medical Humanities Elective Courses (17-18 elective credits)

ANTH 240. Introduction to Biological Anthropology (3)
ANTH 345. *Biological and Cultural Constructions of Race (3)
ANTH 352. *Anthropology, Health, and Environment (3)
ANTH 383. *Introduction to Medical Anthropology (3)
ANTH 442/ANTH 542. Biocultural Perspectives on Human Biology (4)
ANTH 449/ANTH 549. Biocultural Perspectives on Human Reproduction (4)
ANTH 474/ANTH 574. Cross-Cultural Health and Healing (4)
ANTH 483/ANTH 583. Advanced Medical Anthropology (4)
BB 331. *Introduction to Molecular Biology (3)
BB 332. *Molecular Medicine (3)
BI 300/ENT 300/HORT 330. *Plagues, Pests and Politics (3)
BI 301. *Human Impacts on Ecosystems (3)
ENG 489/ENG 589. Writing, Literature and Medicine (4)
ES 445. *Native American Science and Technology (4)
FCSJ 361. Food Studies in Social Justice Perspective (4)
H 100. Introduction to Public Health (4)
H 210. *Introduction to the Health Care System (3)
H 225. *Social and Individual Health Determinants (4)
H 312. *HIV/AIDS and STIS in Modern Society (3)
H 320. Introduction to Human Disease (3)
H 344. Foundations of Environmental Health (3)
HDFS 447/HDFS 547. *Families and Poverty (4)
HSTS 415/HSTS 515. *^Theory of Evolution and Foundation of Modern Biology (4)
HSTS 416/HSTS 516. *History of Medicine Pre-1800 (4)
HSTS 417/HSTS 517. *^History of Medicine (4)
HSTS 419/HSTS 519. *^Studies in Scientific Controversy: Methods and Practices (4)
HSTS 423/HSTS 523. *Science and Religion (4)
HSTS 437/HSTS 537. ^History of Animals in Science (4)
HSTS 440/HSTS 540. *History of Psychotherapy (4)
KIN 312. *Sociocultural Dimensions of Physical Activity (3)
NUTR 240. Human Nutrition (3)
NUTR 312. *Issues in Nutrition and Health (3)
PHAR 210. Terminology of the Health Sciences (2)
PHL/HC 299. Selected Topics: The Art of Healing (2)
PHL 440/PHL 540. *Environmental Ethics (3)
PHL 444/PHL 544. *Biomedical Ethics (4)
PHL 455/PHL 555. Death and Dying (3)
PHL 474/PHL 574. ^Philosophy of Biology (4)
PSY 498/PSY 598. Health Psychology (4)
SOC 350. Health, Illness and Society (4)
SOC 355. Death and Dying (3)
SOC 432/SOC 532. Sociology of Aging (3)
WGSS 270. Violence Against Women (3)
WGSS 340. *Gender and Science (3)
WGSS 350. *Politics of Motherhood in a Global Context (3)
WGSS 465/WGSS 565. Women, Weight and Body Image (3)
WGSS 466/WGSS 566. *Fat Studies (3)
WGSS 482/WGSS 582. Global Perspectives on Womens’ Health (3)

 

Total=27 Credits

Footnotes:

* Baccalaureate Core Course
^ Writing Intensive Course (WIC)

For more information, contact one of the Medical Humanities Advisors listed below:

Courtney Campbell, ccampbell@oregonstate.edu
Claire Colvin, claire.colvin@oregonstate.edu
Chere Pereira, chere.pereira@oregonstate.edu