Medical Humanities Certificate Program

We believe that participation in the Medical Humanities Certificate Program will provide a deeper understanding of interdisciplinary medical humanities than would be available once a student enters a professional school in medicine, nursing, health related professions, law, business, or other areas. We also believe that exposure to interdisciplinary medical humanities will broaden students’ intellectual vision, increase their depth of understanding, and give them a framework for thinking that will enrich their professional education.

In addition to the necessary coursework, certificate students will have the opportunity and be encouraged to attend interesting lectures at the IMH and throughout the School of Medicine, School of Nursing, and School of Health Professions. Students will also be encouraged to consult with IMH faculty to help design their program to meet their individual and specific needs.


The Medical Humanities Certificate Program can be earned by completing 11 semester credit hours, which include 5 hours in required courses and 6 hours in electives. Credits cannot be transferred from other schools, and courses cannot be waived. All courses are residential.

The two required courses are MEHU 6496-Introductory Overview of Medical Humanities, offered specifically for and limited to certificate students, and MEHU 6101-Ethics of Scientific Research.

Elective courses are:

  • MEHU 6375-Humanism and the Humanities (Fall only; 3 cr.)
  • MEHU 6379-Death & Dying Law and Ethics (Fall only; 3 cr.)
  • MEHU 6381-Ritual Bodies, Social Rites (Fall only; 3 cr.)
  • MEHU 6382- Psychoanalysis, Consciousness, and Neuroethics (Fall only; 3 cr.)
  • MEHU 6396-Medical Humanities Podcasts (Fall only; 3 cr.)

These elective courses are available only in the Fall 2019 semester. Each student is expected to complete the requirements of each course taken. Most courses require a substantial research paper. All classes will be offered at the IMH in Galveston.

Who Should Get the Certificate?

Recent graduates from undergraduate colleges or universities taking a gap year before they apply to medical, nursing, or other health professional programs in the future.

Recent graduates from undergraduate colleges or universities who are thinking about a career in medical humanities or health humanities in the future.

UTMB faculty, students, post-doctoral fellows, or employees who are interested in learning more about medical humanities.

Members of the community who are interested in learning more about medical humanities.

Application Requirements

  1. Unofficial transcripts-Applicants must have completed a bachelor’s, graduate, or professional degree (or foreign equivalent) at a regionally accredited institution with a minimum 3.0 GPA.
  2. Resume/ Curriculum Vitae.
  3. Letters of Recommendation- Two letters of recommendation are required for applicants to the certificate program. It is highly recommended that the letters come from an individual who can speak to the applicant’s academic abilities.
  4. Writing sample that shows applicant's ability to develop and sustain an analysis or argument (5-15 pages double spaced). 

Test scores, such as the GRE, are not required for the certificate program.

Once admission into the certificate program is offered by UTMB and accepted by the applicant, new students will be required to submit official transcripts.


Application Deadline: July 31, 2019

Main Number: (409) 772-1215
Email Address:

Online Application for Admission:

Tuition and Fees

The cost of the certificate program is equivalent to the tuition and fees for enrolling in 11 credit hours in UTMB’s Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Information regarding tuition and fees can be found here (Student Accounts Fees GSBS-MPH.pdf)

It is anticipated that funding to cover tuition and fees (approximately $3,000 for Texas residents and $7,600 for nonresidents) and some living expenses may be available.


adj_jonesAnne Hudson Jones, PhD

Medical Humanities Graduate Program
University of Texas Medical Branch
301 University Boulevard
Galveston, Texas 77555-1311

(409) 772-2376

Amber AnthonyAmber Anthony
Program Manager