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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.

The number of “concentrating” students in a class will be limited to six—which may favor earlier application. Please submit your application for a scholarly concentration program.  Applications for all scholarly concentration programs will be distributed to directors for their review; expect follow up communication from them. An interview with an HSS Concentration faculty member will follow.
Please read:  Overview

Program Structure and Highlights

Final Project

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 PD 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.