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.



About Health, Science and Society

Health, Science and Society Required Courses

Students must complete a minimum of four courses selected from courses covering topics related to health, medicine and society. Courses may include the following:

  • ANTHRO 315 Medical Anthropology
  • BIOL SCI 312 The Evolutionary Biology of Human Anatomy, Health, and Disease
  • PHIL 269-DL Bioethics
  • PSYCH 213 Social Psychology
  • PSYCH 244 Developmental Psychology
  • PSYCH 303 Psychopathology
  • PSYCH 366 Stereotyping and Prejudice

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.

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Health, Science and Society Tuition

Post-baccalaureate students at Northwestern's School of Professional Studies pay per course. For more information about financial obligations and tuition, please visit the Tuition page.

Admission for Health, Science and Society

In addition to completing an online application, you'll also need to submit a few supplemental materials. A list of requirements for admission including application deadlines and tips on how to apply can be found on the Admission page.

Health, Science and Society Registration Information

Whether you're a first-time registrant or current and returning student, all students register using our online student registration and records systems. Important information about registering for courses at SPS, including registration timelines and adding or dropping courses in which you are already enrolled, can be found on the Registration Information page.

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