Program Overview

Health, Science and Society

This certificate program is designed for students interested in pursuing careers in medicine, public health, healthcare policy, or as healthcare providers and those who are interested in the impact of science on society. Premedical and prehealth students needing additional humanities and social science coursework may find this certificate beneficial, particularly as medical and professional health schools place an increasing importance on cultural competency.


Students must complete a minimum of four courses selected from courses covering topics related to health, medicine and society. For the 2017–18 academic year, the following courses will be offered:

  • ANTHRO 213-CN Human Origins
  • BIOL_SCI 312-CN The Evolutionary Biology of Human Anatomy, Heath and Disease
  • CLASSICS 110-CN Scientific Vocabulary through Classical Roots
  • ECON 307-CN Economics of Medical Care
  • PHIL 269-DL Bioethics
  • PSYCH 204-CN Social Psychology
  • PSYCH 212-CN Introduction to Neuroscience
  • PSYCH 218-CN Developmental Psychology
  • PSYCH 303-CN Psychopathology
  • PSYCH 342-CN Evolutionary Psychology

Students may count other courses in the social sciences and humanities toward the certificate, with the approval of their academic adviser. Students may substitute one 300-level biology course toward the four-class minimum for the certificate.