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Medical and Health Humanities undergraduate certificate

Medical and health humanities is a multidisciplinary investigation of medical and health-related topics.

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Program Overview

This certificate program allows students pursuing careers in health or health-related majors including medicine, dentistry, nursing, athletic training, child life, and social work to broaden their understanding of medicine and health by incorporating the diverse perspectives of a variety of disciplines in the liberal arts and sciences.

Students must be degree-seeking students to receive the certificate. The certificate will be awarded at the same time as the degree is awarded.

Why Study Medical and Health Humanities at Grand Valley?

  • Broaden your understanding of medicine and health while enriching your major plan of study.
  • Faculty devoted to teaching, scholarship, and mentoring. You are also supported by welcoming and knowledgeable staff members.
  • Research and internship opportunities.
  • With a certificate, you can create stackable credentials that enhance your degree and bolster your resume.
  • Certificates can be completed in one year or less.

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For More Information

Department of History
Mackinac Hall D-1-160
(616) 331-3298

Admissions Office

Location & Format

Classes for this certificate are on the Grand Valley Allendale Campus.

Format: Face To Face


The medical and humanities certificate requires 11 to 12 credits. Required:

  • HST 370 - History of Medicine and Health

The additional eight to nine credits are to be completed by taking one course from each of the three course categories:

  • Perspectives on human health and development
  • Perspectives related to end of life
  • Ethics in health and medicine

No more than two courses can have the same department prefix. Students can only apply two courses from the certificate toward a major and another two to a minor. Some honors courses may be used to fulfill certificate requirements; sign off will be handled on a case-by-case basis. See for course details.