What will I learn?

The Medical Humanities and Health Studies Program offer an interdisciplinary curriculum to prepare undergraduates to understand the broader role and determinants of health and medicine in today's world. Humanities courses raise questions of how human beings deal with health, medical intervention, illness, and death. Social science courses provide insight into the social, economic, and cultural contexts of health, illness, and health care. Students benefit from the wealth of faculty across campus that have strong teaching and research interests in health care. Sample topics addressed in the course of study include: human values and ethics in medical decision making; patient care as an art form and scientific endeavor; the impact of geography, history and economics on the nature of and access to health care and medicine; cultural/ social definitions of health and provision of health care; global health and humanitarian intervention; technology as an improvement to humanistic health care.

An academic foundation in MHHS can be valuable to students pursuing virtually any career path, including but not limited to social/economic research, medicine, allied health professions, dentistry, health law, medical social work, nursing, public health, and public policy studies.

Students completing the Medical Humanities & Health Studies B.A. program will achieve the following:


  • That human experiences of physical and mental health, disease, illness and healing are defined within the context of social, cultural, economic, historical, religious, and legal contexts, and

How these factors impact the perception, delivery and effectiveness of medicine and health care.


  • The human dimensions as well as the socio-cultural, economic and ethical complexities that arise both in illness and health care practice, and
  • How the humanities and social sciences can be used to apply more effectively the life science and technological advances that address health issues.

Be able to

  • Use the humanities and social sciences ( e.g., literary narrative, bioethical considerations, socio-economic and historical analysis) to understand the human experience of health, illness and healing;
  • Critically read, evaluate and interpret multiple sources of information and competing perspectives to understand health problems and issues more thoroughly, and
  • Present such analyses in forms using the conventions and standards of the appropriate academic disciplines.

Which department am I in?

School of Liberal Arts

Study options

Full Time (Minimum of 120 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$31,278.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

13 January 2020


Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis

420 University Blvd,



46202, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have completed or will complete secondary school by the time of enrollment; No grade point average guarantees admission to IUPUI. We look for applicants who have demonstrated a "B" average or above average grades, with strong grades in math and science.

For international students

Students must have earned a diploma from an accredited high school before you enroll at IUPUI.


  • • TOEFL 80+
  • • IELTS 6.5+
  • Students scoring TOEFL 60+ or IELTS 5.5+ are eligible for admission but should anticipate taking additional English for Academic Purposes courses along with their academic program.

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