Medical Humanities PhD 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.

Requirements: Minimum course work for the graduate emphasis in Medical Humanities consists of three courses in consultation with the Graduate Emphasis director. Students can count courses taken to fulfill their departmental requirements toward their emphasis if said courses are comprised of pertinent material and art approved by the Graduate Emphasis director. In the 2023-24 academic year, the requirement to enroll in Med Hum 200 will be waived. An upper-division undergraduate course with supplemental graduate-level work after consultation with the instructor and the director can count toward the emphasis. For more information, please visit the catalog:
Professor Baum ( will take over as Director for the 23-24 academic year. Please feel free to contact Professor Baum if you have any questions. 


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.

PhD Emphasis Medical Humanities 2024-2025
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