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.


  • Core Courses:
    • MEHU 6101- Ethics of Scientific Research (1 credit hour)
    • MEHU 6375-Humanism and the Humanities
    • MEHU 6378-Humanism and the Medical Humanities
    • MEHU 6382-Integrated Clinical Ethics Consultation
  • Curricular track and elective courses ( 15 credit hours for MA, 39 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)
Areas of Specialization

The graduate program offers several areas of specialization for interested students, including:

  • Health care ethics
  • Health law and policy
  • Literature and narrative studies in health care
  • Religion and health
  • Social medicine

Students are not required to declare a major or minor area of specialization, but may design their own focus of study in collaboration with their advisor and program faculty.


Lisa Campo-Engelstein, PhDLisa 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
University of Texas Medical Branch
301 University Blvd.
Galveston, TX 77555

Amber AnthonyAmber Anthony
Program Manager