Minors & Certificates

Medical Humanities

What is Medical Humanities?

Medical humanities lie at the intersection of human experience, medical practice and scientific technology. It refers to the interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary application of the humanities and social sciences to health education and its practice. It provides insight into the human condition, suffering, personhood and our responsibility to each other. It also helps us understand how health and well-being take place within cultural and social contexts and how culture interacts with the individual experience of illness and the way medicine is practiced.

The English program offers certificates in Creative Writing, Professional Writing, and Medical Humanities, and English courses play a role in the curriculum requirements of several interdisciplinary certificates, including Digital Engagement and Film & Media Studies.

Students who pursue a certificate in Medical Humanities should desire to build on their strengths in writing, reading, and critical thinking. The certificate is specifically designed for students who approach medicine from the interdisciplinary perspectives of humanities and social sciences. Students take a two-class sequence in Anthropology and English, followed by electives from various disciplines, including Sociology; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; History; Classics; Religion; and English.

Career Possibilities

A certificate in medical humanities and bioethics gives an edge for students interested in any aspect of the health care industry.In today's rapidly accelerating world of scientific, technological, cultural and political transformations, the health care industry faces challenges that transcend traditional academic disciplines. The demand for professionals who can synthesize the ethical, social and practical aspects of health care continues to grow. In our world, where advances in science and technology often outpace our ability to understand and cope with new concepts and situations, the need for deep grounding in medical humanities is particularly acute for new professionals.



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UC Advantages and Special Opportunities

Students in the UC McMicken College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) enjoy many benefits afforded through study at a research-intensive institution ranked among the nation's top 25 public research universities. UC's urban, Tristate location offers exciting opportunities for global education, research and service learning, while its student-centered focus includes an 11:1 student-faculty ratio, a nationally recognized Center for Exploratory Studies and a highly successful First Year Experience program that teaches critical skills for first-year students and provides connections with important campus resources.

Special Programs


The Medical Humanities program brings distinguished authors and speakers from many disciplines to campus. Students are also invited to attend events and hear speakers within the disciplines that participate in the certificate program.

Admission Requirements

Students already pursuing a degree in any college at UC can add the certificate to their program. Be sure to submit a declaration of the certificate program using our online form.

In addition, you must meet with the program director so that they are aware that you are pursuing the certificate and can advise you appropriately. Do this early enough to avoid delay in obtaining your certificate.

Students not currently pursuing a degree may declare the certificate after establishing non-matriculated status.

Graduation Requirements

Make sure that you have declared the certificate program online. Next, make sure that the certificate program director is aware of when you are finishing the program. If you are pursuing another bachelor's degree, your certificate will be reviewed at the time that you submit your separate degree application.


The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Quick Facts

Undergraduate Certificate Degree in Medical Humanities

Full-Time Program Duration

1.5 Years


Uptown Campus West


248 McMicken
Cincinnati, OH 45221
Phone: (513) 556-0843
Michele Reutter