Liberal Arts : Medicine, Health & Society


Why study Liberal Arts : Medicine, Health & Society?

Great program for students preparing to enter the health care industry. Students will be able to identify, analyze, and resolve moral, policy, cultural, and social conflicts as they might arise in the care of patients. These future health professionals will be able to identify and promote policies and practices that ensure scientific research, health care delivery, and technological innovation are conducted in a socially and ethically responsible manner. They will  also appreciate how bioscience and health care take place within cultural and social contexts and how culture interacts with an individual’s experience of illness and the way medicine is practiced.

Students must complete two of the following three certificates:  15CERT2-BIOE (Bioethics), 15CERT2-MEDH (Medical Humanities), 15CERT2-MINH (Minority Health).  In addition students musts complete a minor in Anthropology, English, History, Philosophy, or Sociology OR complete 15CERT2-PMED (the premedical certificate).  Credit hours may vary according to the choices students make.  For each certificate or minor included in this degree program, at least 9 credit hours must apply only to that certificate/minor and not  to either of the other two. Each certificate/minor must include at least one course at the 3000 level or above.

Admission Requirements

Freshmen applicants, please visit the Admission Requirements page for more information.

Students interested in a certificate in Bioethics will develop their skills in observation, analysis, empathy and self-reflection. This certificate will help students identify, analyze, and resolve moral and social conflicts as they might arise in the care of patients and new technology and research. It heightens a student's sensitivity to the health care experiences of others as well as technological advancements and how those are shaped by social, political and cultural circumstances

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 bioscience and health care take place within cultural and social contexts and how culture interacts with the individual experience of illness and the way medicine is practiced.

Similar factors for the Minority Health certificate.

This major is appropriate for any student interested in pursuing a career related to health care, including medicine, public health policy, or patient advocacy, and provides an interdisicplinary foundation for graduate study in law, chaplaincy, hospital administration, philanthropy, or other fields where moral, cultural, social, and policy issues delated to health and disease may arise.

Students in the UC College of Arts and Sciences 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.

To graduate from the UC College of Arts and Sciences, students must:

  • Earn at least 120 credits. This can include transfer credit, AP credit and free electives, but does not include preparatory coursework. Students who have met all other degree requirements must continue earning credit until the total number of their earned hours comes to at least 120.
  • Attain a 2.0 grade point average for all courses taken at the University of Cincinnati.
  • Be in good academic standing, that is, not on either academic probation or disciplinary probation or suspension.
  • Complete the residency requirement by earning at least 30 credits after matriculating into the college.
  • Complete all of the requirements of at least one major (see major requirements above).
  • Complete the College Core Requirements.
  • Submit an application for graduation to the registrar's office by their posted deadline.

Admission to A&S is generally available for University of Cincinnati students enrolled in other colleges if they were admissible directly from high school, have a cumulative 2.0 GPA and a 2.0 in their most recent UC college.

Students who were not admissible directly from high school must have:

  • at least a 2.0 GPA in all college-level courses (both at UC and at other institutions)
  • successfully completed one semester of English composition or its equivalent
  • successfully completed one semester of math with a grade of C- or higher that minimally meets on of the following:
    • Mathematical Literacy (MATH 0029)
    • Intermediate Algebra (MATH 0034)
    • Algebra for College (MATH 0039)
    • Students may also take the UC Math Placement exam, but must score an MPT of 420 or higher

Application Deadlines

While midyear admission is possible, fall semester is generally the best time to enter the college, since many course sequences begin in that semester. Applicants to the UC College of Arts and Sciences who are enrolled or who were previously enrolled as degree-seeking students in A&S or in other UC colleges should apply for admission directly to A&S (in French West, 2nd Floor). All other applicants who wish to earn an undergraduate degree from A&S should apply through the Office of Admissions (3rd Floor, University Pavilion).

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


Contact Information

Cheli Reutter
110-H Arts & Sciences Hall
Cincinnati, OH 45221
(513) 556-0843

Program Code: 15BAC-LART-BA-LART-MHS