Degree Programs

The Major

Students declaring an HMS major will develop a course of study comprised of a minimum of 13 courses (a minimum of 48 credits).  This will include an emphasis comprised of five courses addressing one of the five core areas defined by the program, and at least two courses in two additional areas.  To ensure depth of study, a maximum of 5 100-level courses can count towards a student’s concentration and electives.  As with all interdisciplinary majors, no more than 24 credits (6 courses) can come from any one department or discipline.

All HMS majors are strongly encouraged to develop competency in a second language.  This is of particular importance for students concentrating in the area of Global Health.

Bachelor of Arts

All HMS majors must complete the following requirements:

Major Requirements: minimum 48 credits

1. Foundation Course: 4 credits

HMS 100 Health, Medicine, and Society 

2. Mathematical Methods: 4 credits

Take one of the following courses:  

MATH 111 Elementary Statistics and Probability with Applications

POLI 202 Statistical Analysis and Mapping of Social Science Data

PSYCH 250 Statistical Methods

3. Concentration: 20 credits

Take five courses addressing one of the areas within the program (Natural Science, Medical Humanities, Policy and Management, Person and Society, or Global Health). 

4. Electives: 16 credits

Take four courses, two addressing each of two further areas within the program.  Both elective areas must differ from a student’s concentration area.

5. Capstone: 4 credits

Complete the capstone sequence:

HMS 300 Integrative Seminar I: 2 credits

HMS 400 Integrative Seminar II: 2 credits

HMS 300 should be completed at the end of a student’s junior year, and HMS 400 at the end of a student’s senior year.  Students will design a practical service/internship plan in HMS 300, then reflect upon and integrate their service experience with their course of study in HMS 400 after that project is completed.  The completion of a service/internship project is required to complete the capstone sequence.

For more information, please consult an advisor within the HMS program or the program director, Prof. James Krueger (