PhD Program

The PhD curriculum consists of 45 credits of coursework, including 4 required classes:

  • Introduction to Health Humanities
  • Foundations of Bioethics
  • Interdisciplinary Methods in Bioethics and Health Humanities
  • Histories of Health and Bioethics

After coursework, students take a written and oral qualifying examination before beginning work on their dissertation. Students orally defend their completed dissertation.

The entire PhD is designed to be completed in 4 – 5 years.

For interested medical students, we coordinate plans of study leading to MD/PhD degrees as part of UTMB's MD/PhD Combined Degree Program.


Emma Tumilty, PhD

Graduate Studies, Institute for Bioethics and Health Humanities
Assistant Professor, School of Public and Population Health

Christina Johnson
Coordinator, Student Recruitment & Admissions
Phone: (409) 747-7584
Email: cnross@UTMB.EDU