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DH - Doctor of Medical Humanities (DMH)

Program Title

Medical Humanities

Program Type


Degree Designation


Program Description

The Medical and Health Humanities Program can be followed on a full- or part-time basis, allowing flexibility to accommodate your schedule. From the Fall of 2020 and on, some courses will be offered as hybrid courses, where face-to-face and online learning is combined. Designed with working professionals in mind, all courses are offered in the late afternoon and early evening.

Students in the Doctor of Medical Humanities program complete 45 credit hours from Medical Humanities listings, as well as approved courses from other Caspersen programs.

Advanced Research

Medical and Health Humanities students demonstrate competence in advanced research, interpretation, and exposition of a pertinent area of study that offers an original and meaningful contribution to human thought and relations. Doctor of Medical Humanities candidates complete a dissertation.

Curricular Components

Courses emphasizing Biomedical and Care Ethics explore health care issues encountered in practice and policy, including:

  • ethical and religious debates concerning abortion, death and dying, and human experimentation;

  • the language of ethics in everyday situations of care;

  • philosophical concepts such as dependency, vulnerability, and precariousness;

  • and the interpretation of ethical issues highlighted in the media and policy.

Courses emphasizing Narratives in medicine and care explore how to “tell,” “read,” and interpret the stories and discourse of illness and well-being. Medical Narrative employs multiple approaches to facilitate patient-practitioner-caregiver communication and understanding, including anecdote, medical history, and case presentation.

Clinical Practica involve the incorporation of Medical Humanities theory into health care practices. The practicum is individualized according to each student’s needs and interests, and can include clinical rounds, clinical observation, and Bioethics Committee meetings. Therefore, the program works in close alliance with health care organizations like the Atlantic Health System (Morristown Medical Center).


I. Required Courses (21 credits)

Complete all of the following:

  • course - Narrative Medicine

  • course - Medical Health Seminar

  • course - Health and Social Equity OR course - Medical Sociology OR course - Medical Anthropology

  • course - Care Ethics and Biomedical Ethics Seminar

  • course - Joy of Scholarly Writing

  • course - Research Design and Methodology

  • course - Medical and Health Humanities Practicum

II. Electives (15 credits)

Choose 15 credits from existing Medical Humanities courses, as well as courses from the Caspersen School or Theological School with approval of advisor.

III. Dissertation (9 credits)