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Minor in Health, Medicine and Human Values

Assess a range of issues that are fundamental to the health of individuals as well as to the well-being of society.

Minor Overview

This minor prepares students to meet challenges in private and public arenas — and is a valuable asset for those pursuing careers in health care.


Students must complete 15 credit hours of courses with a grade of C- or better. The department only permits substitutions for the courses below in exceptional circumstances.

  • PHI/STS 325: Bio-Medical Ethics

Note: Because PHI/STS 325 is a required course for this and other minors, it typically fills up very quickly during the registration period. Please plan your coursework carefully and take PHI/STS 325 as soon as you can.

Select at least two courses from each of the groups below.

Group One: Humanities and Social Sciences Perspective on Health and Medicine

  • HI 322: Rise of Modern Sciences or HI 481: History of the Life Sciences
  • PHI 221: Contemporary Moral Issues; PHI 309: Political Philosophy; PHI 375 Ethics; or PHI 376 History of Ethics
  • PHI 347: Neuroscience and Philosophy
  • REL 473: Religion, Gender, and Reproductive Technologies
  • SOC 381: Sociology of Medicine or SOC 465: Social Aspects of Mental Health

Group Two: Science Perspective on Health and Medicine

  • GN 301: Genetics in Human Affairs or GN 311: Principles of Genetics
  • MB 200: The Fourth Horseman: Plagues that Changed the World; or MB 411: Medical Microbiology
  • NTR 419: Human Nutrition and Chronic Disease
  • HESM (PEH): 284 Women’s Health Issues; HESM (PEH): 285 Personal Health (2); or HESM (PEH): 286 Nutrition, Exercise, and Weight Control
  • PSY 430: Biological Psychology
  • BIO 488: Neurobiology


Students can apply for admission to any university minor program in MyPack Portal. Admission will be based on the student’s academic record, and in most cases no longer requires departmental review.