The humanities are about the human experience, and this certificate will give you exposure to a range of historical, cultural, and philosophical reasons why people make decisions about their health care. Everyone who comes in contact with the health care system, from health care providers to patients, needs to understand more than just the biological aspects of medicine in order to support health and wellness.
After completing the certificate, you will be able to:
- Identify major developments in the history of medicine and the medical profession
- Describe how the meaning of “health” has varied over time and space
- Comprehend and evaluate complex arguments about politics, values, healthcare, and health in contemporary society
- Understand health and illness as grounded in personal experience, develop empathy for others’ experiences, and use creative means to reflect on those experiences
- Display sensitivity for what health means among differently positioned people
To learn more about HatH-related resources, events, and opportunities on campus, visit our website.
Am I Eligible?
Undergraduate students from any school or college on the UW–Madison campus are eligible for the health and the humanities (HatH) certificate. The HatH certificate is currently a limited enrollment program. We encourage students to apply for the certificate as early as possible (after completing a core course). Students who are enrolled in the global health certificate are not eligible to apply for the HatH certificate.
How can I declare?
In order to declare the health and the humanities certificate, you must:
- Be a current undergraduate in any school or college.
- Attend a certificate information session.
- Complete one of the core courses and earn at least a C.
- Submit an application form and essay. Check our webpage for details about the next application cycle.
- If selected for the program, meet with the certificate advisor to declare the certificate and plan your coursework.
Total Credits Required: 15
Select one of the following core courses. You must complete a core course with a C or better before applying to the HatH certificate.
|HIST SCI/MED HIST 133||Biology and Society, 1950 - Today||3|
|HIST SCI/MED HIST 212||Bodies, Diseases, and Healers: An Introduction to the History of Medicine||3|
|MED HIST/ANTHRO 231||Introduction to Social Medicine||3|
|ENGL 156||Literature and Medicine||3|
|RELIG ST 102||Exploring Religion in Sickness and Health||3|
Health and Illness in Social Context
Select two courses with a specific focus on health and illness in social context.
|AMER IND/C&E SOC/SOC 578||Poverty and Place||3|
|ANTHRO 365||Medical Anthropology||3|
|COM ARTS 317||Rhetoric and Health||3|
|ENGL/ASIAN AM/GEN&WS 463||Race and Sexuality in American Literature||3|
|GEN&WS 340||Topics in LGBTQ Sexuality||3|
|GEN&WS 370||Topics in Gender and Disability||3|
|GEN&WS/HISTORY 519||Sexuality, Modernity and Social Change||3|
|GEN&WS 533||Special Topics in Women and Health||3|
|GEN&WS/HIST SCI 537||Childbirth in the United States||3|
|JOURN/COM ARTS/LSC 617||Health Communication in the Information Age||3|
|MED HIST/HIST SCI/HISTORY 504||Society and Health Care in American History||3|
|MED HIST/PHILOS 505||Justice and Health Care||3|
|MED HIST/HIST SCI/HISTORY 507||Health, Disease and Healing I||3-4|
|MED HIST/HIST SCI/HISTORY 508||Health, Disease and Healing II||3-4|
|MED HIST/HIST SCI 509||The Development of Public Health in America||3|
|MED HIST/ENVIR ST/HIST SCI 513||Environment and Health in Global Perspective||3|
|MED HIST/PHILOS 515||Public Health Ethics||3|
|MED HIST/AFROAMER/HIST SCI 523||Race, American Medicine and Public Health||3|
|MED HIST 526||Medical Technology and the Body||3|
|MED HIST/GEN&WS/HIST SCI 531||Women and Health in American History||3|
|MED HIST/GEN&WS/HIST SCI 532||The History of the (American) Body||3|
|MED HIST 545||Ethical and Regulatory Issues in Clinical Investigation||1|
|MED HIST/HIST SCI 550||Medical Technologies in Historical Perspective||3|
|MED HIST/PHILOS 558||Ethical Issues in Health Care||3|
|MED HIST/HIST SCI/HISTORY 564||Disease, Medicine and Public Health in the History of Latin America and the Caribbean||3|
|MED HIST/AGRONOMY/C&E SOC/PHILOS 565||The Ethics of Modern Biotechnology||3-4|
|S&A PHM/CLASSICS/HIST SCI/HISTORY/MED HIST 561||Greek and Roman Medicine and Pharmacy||3|
|S&A PHM/HIST SCI/HISTORY/MED HIST/MEDIEVAL 562||Byzantine Medicine and Pharmacy||3|
|SOC/C&E SOC 532||Health Care Issues for Individuals, Families and Society||3|
|SOC/C&E SOC 533||Public Health in Rural & Urban Communities||3|
|SOC 575||Sociological Perspectives on the Life Course and Aging||3|
Select one course aimed at understanding the social, cultural, and linguistic needs of patients.
|AFRICAN 201||Introduction to African Literature||3|
|AFRICAN 211||The African Autobiography||3|
|AFRICAN 230||Introduction to Yoruba Life and Culture||3|
|AFRICAN 231||Introduction to Arabic Literary Culture||3|
|AFRICAN/AFROAMER/HISTORY/POLI SCI 297||African and African-American Linkages: An Introduction||4|
|AFRICAN/LCA/RELIG ST 370||Islam: Religion and Culture||3-4|
|AFRICAN 412||Contemporary African Fiction||3-4|
|AFROAMER 151||Introduction to Contemporary Afro-American Society||3|
|AFROAMER 155||They: Race in American Literature||3|
|AFROAMER/GEN&WS 222||Introduction to Black Women Writers||3|
|AFROAMER 225||Introduction to African American Dramatic Literature||3|
|AFROAMER 227||Masterpieces of African American Literature||3|
|AMER IND 100||Introduction to American Indian Studies||3|
|AMER IND/HISTORY 490||American Indian History||3-4|
|AMER IND/HDFS 522||American Indian Families||3|
|ANTHRO 104||Cultural Anthropology and Human Diversity||3|
|ASIAN AM 101||Introduction to Asian American Studies||3|
|ASIAN AM/AFROAMER/AMER IND/CHICLA/FOLKLORE 102||Introduction to Comparative US Ethnic and American Indian Studies||3|
|ASIAN AM 240||Topics in Asian American Studies||3|
|CHICLA 201||Introduction to Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies||3|
|CHICLA 210||Chicana/o and Latina/o Cultural Studies||3|
|CHICLA/COM ARTS 347||Race, Ethnicity, and Media||3|
|COM ARTS 565||Communication and Interethnic Behavior||3|
|GEN&WS 101||Gender, Women, and Cultural Representation||3|
|GEN&WS 102||Gender, Women, and Society in Global Perspective||3|
|GEN&WS/HISTORY 315||Gender, Race and Colonialism||3|
|GEN&WS/AFROAMER 323||Gender, Race and Class: Women in U.S. History||3|
|GEN&WS/CHICLA 332||Latinas: Self Identity and Social Change||3|
|RELIG ST 101||Religion in Global Perspective||3|
|RELIG ST 271||Religion in History and Culture: The West||3|
|SOC 125||American Society: How It Really Works||3-4|
|SOC 134||Sociology of Race & Ethnicity in the United States||3-4|
|SOC 138||The Sociology of Gender||3-4|
|SOC/GEN&WS 200||Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer+ Studies||3-4|
|SOC/ASIAN AM 220||Ethnic Movements in the United States||3-4|
|SOC/GEN&WS 611||Gender, Science and Technology||3|
|SOC/C&E SOC/URB R PL 617||Community Development||3|
|SOC/C&E SOC 623||Gender, Society, and Politics||3|
You can fulfill the capstone requirement either by completing HIST SCI/ENGL/MED HIST 525 Health and the Humanities, or by completing a health-focused service learning course.
|HIST SCI/ENGL/MED HIST 525||Health and the Humanities||3|
|NURSING 511||Community Supports for People with Dementia||2|
|DANCE 331||Dynamics of Dance Therapy||3|
|RP & SE 300||Individuals with Disabilities||3|
residence and quality of work
8 credits counting toward the certificate must be taken in residence.
2.000 cumulative GPA on all courses counting toward the certificate
Certificate COMPLETION REQUIREMENT
This undergraduate certificate must be completed concurrently with the student’s undergraduate degree. Students cannot delay degree completion to complete the certificate.
1. Identify major developments in the history of medicine and the medical profession.
2. Describe how the meaning of “health” has varied over time and space.
3. Comprehend and evaluate complex arguments about politics, values, healthcare, and health in contemporary society.
4. Understand health and illness as grounded in personal experience, develop empathy for others’ experiences and use creative means to reflect on those experiences.
5. Develop sensitivity for what health means among differently positioned people (e.g., with respect to race, class, gender, culture, disability, age).
To learn more about the HatH advisor or schedule an appointment, visit advising and careers on our website.
Certificate Director: Nicole Nelson, History
Certificate Co-Director: Judith Houck, Medical History and Bioethics
Certificate Steering Committee:
- Monique Allewaert, English
- Lisa Bratzke, School of Nursing
- Anthony Cerulli, Asian Languages and Cultures
- Jenell Johnson, Communication Arts
- Neil Kodesh, History
- Susan Lederer, Medical History and Bioethics
- Susan Nelson, Gender and Women's Studies
- Corrie Norman, Religious Studies
- Karen Redfield, English
- Dija Selimi, Center for Pre‐Health Advising
- Anne Vila, French and Italian
- Claire Wendland, Anthropology
- Sunny Yudkoff, Center for Jewish Studies