Graduate Program(PhD, MA, MD/PhD)

The Medical Humanities Graduate Program offers graduate work for students pursuing an MA or a PhD in the medical humanities. The Medical Humanities Graduate Program also coordinates plans of study leading to MD/PhD degrees (as part of UTMB's MD/PhD Combined Degree Program). Course work is also available for UTMB graduate students in other programs. PhD students in the medical humanities are expected to

  1. Acquire a general knowledge of the humanist tradition;
  2. Become acquainted with the methods and literature of the humanities as these relate to medicine;
  3. Develop competence in one or more humanities disciplines and apply this competence to the investigation of a particular problem;
  4. Transform this investigation into a dissertation that represents significant and original research; and
  5. Demonstrate an ability to teach and work with a variety of persons in the humanities and the health sciences and professions.


  • 25 credit hours for MA, 49 credit hours for PhD
  • Written and oral qualifying examinations (PhD)
  • Completion of an original research project resulting in a written thesis (MS) or dissertation (PhD)
  • An oral presentation and defense of the dissertation research (PhD)


Lisa-Campo-Engelstein Lisa Campo-Engelstein, PhD
Director, Institute for the Medical Humanities
Harris L. Kempner Chair in the Humanities in Medicine
Associate Professor, Preventive Medicine and Population Health
Amber AnthonyAmber Anthony
Program Manager