Interdisciplinary Health Humanities  (Certificate)

Are you thinking about a career in the health professions? Gain an edge by learning to understand the complex, transdisciplinary challenges of health. This certificate program also focuses on empathy, mindfulness, resilience, well-being, and compassionate research and care.

Program Description

The certificate program in interdisciplinary health humanities brings humanities methodologies to analyses of health and medicine in order to address challenges in health policy and health care practice and to advance understandings of the cultural formations of health, illness and the body.

The curriculum includes courses in areas such as history of medicine, bioethics, disability studies, socio-cultural aspects of health and narrative medicine. It includes critical analyses of representations of health and illness in literature and other media as well as training in narrative and structural competency for health care professionals. A capstone course, internship or applied project offers experiential or project-based learning in this field.

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At a Glance: program details

Program Requirements

A student pursuing an undergraduate certificate must be enrolled as a degree-seeking student at ASU. Undergraduate certificates are not awarded prior to the award of an undergraduate degree. A student already holding an undergraduate degree may pursue an undergraduate certificate as a nondegree-seeking graduate student.

Enrollment Requirements

Required Courses: (6 credits)
ENG 203 Introduction to Health Humanities (3)*
ENG 484 Topic: Interdisciplinary Health Humanities (3) OR ENG 499 Individualized Instruction (3)
* available on the Tempe and West campuses

Elective Courses: (9 credits)
AFR 380 Health Issues in the African American Community (3)
AFR 383 Blacks in Science, Medicine and Public Health (3)
ASB 301 Global History of Health, SB and G and H (3)
ASB/SOC 353 Death and Dying in Cross-Cultural Perspective, HU or SB and G (3)
ASB 355 Traditional Medicine and Healing, HU or SB (3)
BIO 312/IAS 340/PHI 320 Bioethics, HU (3)
BIO 315/ENG 370 Science, Values, and the Public (3)
CHI 335 History of Chinese Medicine, HU and H and G (3)
ENG 469 Science and Literature, L or HU (3)
FIS 498 Topic: Stem Cell Policy Research (3)
HCI 313 Philosophy of Science in Health Care: Understanding Paradigms of Health and Healing (3)
HPS/PHI 314 Philosophy of Science, HU (3)
HPS 331/BIO 318 History of Medicine, HU &H (3)
IAS/FOR/PHI 406 Moral Dilemmas, L or HU (3)
LSC 363 Genes, Race, Gender and Society, L (3)
MED 300 Historical and Contemporary Issues in Health, L (3)
PHI 306 Applied Ethics, HU (3)
REL 381 Religion and Moral Issues, L or HU (3)
SOC 400 Perspectives on Aging, SB (3)
SOC 448 Epidemics and Society, SB and G (3)
TCL 323 Latino Health Issues, SB and C (4)
TCL 410 Race, Medicine, and the Body, L (3)
WST/ASB/SSH 305 Poverty and Global Health, L or SB and G (3)
WST 444 Gender, Health, and Bodies, SB (3)


  • A minimum of 12 upper-division credit hours is required, with at least nine of these taken in classes offered by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences for students on the Tempe campus or the School of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies in the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences on the West campus.
  • Additional courses may be approved by the certificate coordinator.
  • A grade of "C" or higher is required in all courses taken for the certificate.
  • Some elective courses may be available only on the Tempe campus or the West campus

Depending on a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this certificate.

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