The minor in Health, Medicine, and Human Values offers students an opportunity to assess critically a range of issues that are fundamental to the health of individuals as well as to the well-being of society. From such an understanding, students as citizens will be more adequately prepared to meet these challenges in both private and public arenas. This minor should be a valuable asset for students pursuing careers in health care.
It is important to note that substitutions for the courses listed below will be permitted only in exceptional circumstances. Substitutions for PHI/STS 325, which is the core course for the minor, are never permitted. Because PHI/STS 325 is a required course for this and other minors, it typically fills up very quickly during registration period. Please plan your coursework for the minor carefully, and take PHI/STS 325 as soon as you can.
The Minor Adviser will determine whether courses transferred from other institutions qualify for the minor. No more than two transferred courses may count toward the minor. In addition, no more than two courses may be "double-counted" toward both the minor and the departmental requirements of a major. (Note that for Human Biology majors, departmental requirements include all courses used for the "Biological Sciences" requirement AND all courses used for the "Human Biology Electives" requirement. Restricted Electives are, however, exempt from the double-count rule.)
The minor requires 15 hours as follows:
Group One: Humanities and Social Sciences Perspective on Health and Medicine
Group Two: Science Perspective on Health and Medicine
Note that some of the courses listed above have prerequisites. A grade of C- or better is required in all courses counting toward the minor, with an overall average of 2.0. Note that some courses are two-credit courses and that a minimum of 15 hours of coursework are needed for this minor.