Medical Humanities Event

Graduate Emphasis

The Graduate Emphasis in Medical Humanities is a formal component of graduate studies at the University of California, Irvine, in addition to the fulfillment of requirements towards the Ph.D., M.F.A., or M.A. degree in an array of fields in the Schools of Arts, Humanities and Medicine. The Emphasis allows students to gain interdisciplinary knowledge about the study of illness, health, healthcare and the body. The emphasis requires three graduate seminars offered through the Medical Humanities graduate course offerings. Satisfactory completion of the emphasis is certified by the Director or Co-Directors of the Medical Humanities Emphasis and is noted at the student’s dossier.


Applicants must first be admitted to, or currently enrolled in, a Ph.D. program or state-supported Master’s program and submit an application form to the director of the emphasis. The application should include a signature of approval from the student’s advisor or program director.


Minimum course work for the graduate emphasis in Medical Humanities consists of three courses, part of the Medical Humanities graduate course offerings, chosen in consultation with the Graduate Emphasis co-directors. Students may elect to take seminars within their home departments as course work that also satisfies other degree requirements. One of the three courses has to be core course MED HUM 200. An upper-division undergraduate course with supplemental graduate level work after consultation with the instructor and the director or co-directors can count toward the emphasis.
Course Options for the Emphasis

ANTHRO 204A Proseminar in Medicine, Science, and Technology
ANTHRO 232B Medical Anthropology
ASIANAM 201 Graduate Topics in Asian American Studies
CHC/LAT 210A Cultural and Historial Precedents for Latinos and Medical Care
CHC/LAT 210B Cultural and Historical Precedents for Latinos and Medical Care
CHC/LAT 211A Latinos/Latinas and Medical Care: Contemporary Issues
CHC/LAT 289 Special Topics in Chicano/Latino Studies
DANCE 201 Seminar in Kinesiology for Dance
ENGLISH 210 Studies in Literary History
PHILOS 242 Topics in Philosophy of Biology
MED HUM 200 Critical Perspectives in Medical Humanities

Contact Information

Lyle Massey
Faculty Director

Miriam Torres
Department Coordinator