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Medical and Health Humanities Undergraduate Certificate

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

Visit the program website for more information.

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.

Why Study Medical and Health Humanities at Grand Valley?

  • The certificate provides an opportunity to explore the human aspects of medicine and health from the perspective of diverse disciplines.
  • Faculty are devoted to teaching, scholarship, and mentoring.
  • The certificate is a stackable credential that enhances your degree and bolsters your resume.
  • The certificate can be completed in one year or less.
  • The program is fully online.

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For new students, visit the Admissions website for undergraduate requirements. Upon acceptance and for current students:

  • Declare your certificate via myBanner (Login to Banner Self-Service, click on Student, Student Records, Add a Certificate or Badge to your Program, Select the appropriate certificate from the drop down list, and click Submit)
  • Speak with the appropriate certificate coordinator to ensure criteria are being met (you will be able to track your progress toward the certificate in myPath as well!)
  • Once you are done with the requirements, apply to receive the certificate via myBanner.
  • Once the completion of your certificate has been verified, the certificate will be posted to your student record and will be viewable on your transcript. 

Location & Format

Classes for this program are fully online.



The medical and humanities certificate requires 11 to 12 credits.

The following course is 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. You 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.

For More Information

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

Admissions and Recruitment Office