Medical Humanities and Health Studies Major

The B.A. and B.S. in Medical Humanities and Health Studies (MHHS) are unique, being among the first comprehensive MHHS degrees offered to undergraduates nationwide. The major entails successful completion of a minimum of 120 credit hours: 90 credit hours will satisfy the School of Liberal Arts general education requirements, and 30 credit hours will satisfy the major concentration.

Required Courses

Common Required MHHS Major CORE (6 credits)

  • MHHS-M 301 Perspectives on Health, Disease and Healing
  • MHHS-M 495 Capstone Seminar or Individual Faculty-mentored Project

Common Sets of Area Core Courses

Choose two courses from each Category (12 credit hours)

Medical Humanities (MH) Core (6 credits)

  • COMM-C 392 Health Communication
  • ENG-L 478 Illness Narrative – or —
    • MHHS-M 492 Topics: Narrative Medicine
  • HIST-H 364 History of Medicine & Public Health
  • PHIL-P 393 Biomedical Ethics
  • REL-R 384 Religions, Ethics, and Health – or —
    • REL-R 395 Religion, Death & Dying

Health Social Science (HSS) Core (6 credits)

  • ANTH-E 445 Medical Anthropology
  • ECON-E 387 Health Economics
  • GEOG-G 410 Medical Geography
  • SOC-R 381 Soc Factors in Health & Illness – or –
    • SOC-R 382 Social Org. of Healthcare
  • REL-R 368 Religion and Healing

MHHS Electives

B.A. Major Electives (12 credits):

  • Select a Track Concentration: Medical Humanities (MH) or Health Social Science (HSS)
  • Take four electives from the chosen Track

B.S. Requirement & Electives (12 credits):

  • Required Statistics Course: 200-level or higher
  • Take three electives, no Tracks


Degree Map

To help you guide your four-year college journey, consult your B.S. degree map or your B.A. degree map for a snapshot of classes you will take to finish your degree.

Accelerated Second Degree

The Liberal Arts baccalaureate competencies are waived for undergraduate students whose first major is outside the School of Liberal Arts and whose second major is a Bachelor of Arts degree from the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI. For a Dual Degree, you only need to complete the courses in their major of choice in Liberal Arts.

Transfer Students

Transfer students should meet with both the Academic Advisor in the Liberal Arts Student Affairs Office and the MHHS Program Faculty Mentor.

Ready to enroll?

Submit online the School of Liberal Arts declaration form.

More Info

Contact Judi Izuka Campbell faculty mentor specifically for the MHHS major and minor options and for career exploration strategies by email or phone at 317-274-4740.