Medical Humanities – Online Undergraduate Certificate


Oregon State's undergraduate certificate in medical humanities, delivered online through OSU Ecampus, is a multidisciplinary program that focuses on the study of health, medicine and the healing professions. The certificate program emphasizes professional development focused on “the art of healing” by developing skills in professional identity, reflective writing, cultural competency and diversity as a complement to the scientific features of the healing professions.

By completing the certificate, you will develop knowledge and experience that will prepare you to:

  • Empathize with the sufferings of others
  • Reflect critically on medical knowledge and discourse
  • Create new representations of the medical experience
  • Confront moral, psychological and ethical dilemmas


The medical humanities certificate consists of 27 credit hours and centers on key courses including:

  • Medical anthropology
  • Literature and medicine
  • Medical history
  • Philosophical courses in disability studies, medical ethics, and death and dying

Visit the medical humanities undergraduate certificate curriculum page on the School of History, Philosophy, and Religion's website for complete requirements and course details.

   My health humanities training from Oregon State has changed my approach to medicine because I understand the importance of communication in bridging the cultural gap and paying attention to patients' understanding of their own health so I can better serve them and build trusting doctor-patient relationships.   

– Jamie Faulkner, OSU 2014 biology graduate with a certificate in medical humanities

Who can enroll in an Oregon State undergraduate certificate program?

Anyone enrolled in an Oregon State bachelor's program can enroll in any Ecampus online undergraduate certificate program. If you already have a bachelor's degree from OSU or another accredited institution, you may be granted a subsequent undergraduate certificate by applying to OSU as a postbaccalaureate student and indicating your program of interest on the application's statement of objectives.