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Dual Degree: Drew University - Medical Humanities, Health and Society - Dual Degree Drew University Bachelor’s/MA

Program Title

Medical Humanities, Health and Society - Bachelor’s/MA

Program Type

Dual Degree

Degree Designation

Dual Degree

Program Description

Bachelor’s/Master of Arts in Medical Humanities, Health and Society

The 5-year bachelor’s/Master of Arts in Medical Humanities, Health and Society (MA) program allows Drew students the opportunity to take up to four classes that count for both undergraduate and graduate requirements. Students may complete any major as part of the bachelor’s degree for this combined degree program.


When approved, Drew undergraduates are eligible to dual enroll in up to four 500- or 600-level Medical and Health Humanities courses in consultation with the director. Students are also required to complete two of the following four courses in their senior year:

  • course - Introduction to Narrative Medicine

  • course - Medical Health Seminar

  • course - Medical Narrative

  • course - Health and Social Equity

Courses not completed as part of the undergraduate degree must be completed during the Master of Arts in Medical Humanities, Health and Society year.

Eligibility and Application Criteria:

New undergraduate applicants to Drew (incoming freshman or transfer): Applicants indicate their interest in the bachelor’s/MA program in their Drew College of Liberal Arts application. When study begins at Drew, students will be contacted by a bachelor’s/MA adviser to schedule an informational meeting about next steps needed to begin the program.

Current Drew undergraduate students: Interested students should contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at to set up a meeting with a bachelor’s/MA adviser as early as possible, preferably by the end of their sophomore year.

Drew undergraduates must meet the following criteria to solidify formal acceptance to the Master of Arts in Medical Humanities, Health and Society combined degree program (generally by February 1 of a student’s Junior year):

  • Have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.

  • Completed at least two of the following Foundational Courses with a grade of “B” or better:

    • course - Introduction to Ethics

    • course - Ethics and Society

    • course - Biomedical Ethics

    • course - Principles of Public Health

    • course - Microbes in Health and Disease OR course - Human Health and Disease

    • course - Medical Anthropology

    • course - Sociology of Health and Illness

  • Have earned grades of “B” or better in all graduate Medical and Health Humanities courses taken.

Drew’s Caspersen School of Graduate Studies reserves the right to deny admission to the MA Program if a student fails to meet all prerequisites, or if there are documented issues that raise concerns about their suitability for the program.

For more information on registering for coursework or on the program, contact the Director of the Medical and Health Humanities program, Prof. Merel Visse.