Humanities and Social Sciences
Department of Social Medicine
Overview and Application Process
The Scholarly Concentration Program in Humanities & Social Sciences (HSS) provides the opportunity for UNC medical students to pursue mentored advanced academic work in one or more HSS fields—including: philosophy of medicine/medical ethics; history of medicine; anthropology or sociology of medicine; health care politics and policy; social epidemiology, health equity and disparities; health services research; law and medicine; literature and medicine; medical STS (science, technology, and society); gender/sexuality studies and medicine; disability studies; postcolonial studies of medicine; and creative artistic studies of medicine with analytical, interpretive, and/or critical dimensions. Successful completion of the Concentration Program confers an academic distinction.
Program Structure and Highlights
- Students will complete at least 6 hours of elective work or course work in an HSS area supervised by a faculty member affiliated with the concentration. This will involve a scholarly project with a final presentation, or paper, or both.
- Students will document a least 2 longitudinal scholarly engagements with HSS
Student progress within the HSS Scholarly Concentration will be reviewed annually by the Concentration Committee, and reports made to students’ advisors. Final certification of academic success within the HSS Scholarly Concentration Program will be made by April 1 prior to graduation, by a quorum of the HSS Concentration Committee. Certification will be based on: coursework evaluations (including narrative evaluations in SHS courses and HSS elective/s); consultation with faculty advisers of pertinent student interest groups; review of scholarly portfolio; a final interview with members of the Concentration faculty.