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2015-2016 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog
Grand Valley State University
2015-2016 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog 
  Dec 16, 2018
2015-2016 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Certificate in Medical Humanities

Medical humanities is a multidisciplinary investigation of medical and health related topics. This certificate program allows students pursuing careers in health or health related majors, premedicine, nursing, athletic training, child life, and social work to broaden their understanding of medicine and health by incorporating the diverse perspectives of a variety of disciplines in the liberal arts and sciences. Completion of courses in the student’s plan of study will result in award of the certificate in medical humanities. This shall be noted on the student’s official university transcript. Students must apply for an audit for a nonteaching certificate upon completion. 

Requirements for a Certificate in Medical Humanities

The Medical Humanities requires 11-12 credits from the courses listed below. No more than two courses can have the same department prefix. Students can only apply two courses from the certificate toward a major and another two to a minor.

Certificate Core Course

Elective Courses

The additional 8-9 credits are to be completed by taking one course from each of the three course categories:

  • Perspectives on Human Health and Development
  • Perspectives Related to End of Life
  • Ethics in Health and Medicine

Transfer Students

A maximum of two courses can be credited by transfer toward completion of the medical humanities certificate. Students must complete at least two of the courses for the certificate at GVSU.


Click here for the program description.