Certificate in Conceptual Foundations of Medicine
Overview of the Certificate Program:
The undergraduate program in the Conceptual Foundations of Medicine is designed to offer a group of related courses in the areas of medical ethics, the nature of explanation and evidence in the biomedical sciences, and social problems such as assessments of alternative forms of health care delivery. The program is likely to be of particular interest to pre-medical and pre-professional health care students, but is intended to appeal to all students interested in social and philosophical problems in the biomedical sciences.
Students interested in obtaining the the undergraduate certificate should apply as early in their course work as possible. Normally, satisfactory completion of one course in the two-term core sequence, History and Philosophy of Science (HPS) 0612 or 0613, is required for admission into the certificate program. Applications can be secured from the Department of History and Philosophy of Science.
You can download the application form and return it to the department via campus mail or in person at the office (1017 Cathedral of Learning). Download Printable Application form in:
- The two introductory core courses (HPS 0612 and 0613) in Conceptual Foundations of Medicine.
- A two-term college-level course in biology.
- Two additional courses in a variety of departments dealing with social and conceptual issues in the biomedical sciences. The two elective courses must be in different departments.
- Students must achieve at least a C grade in each of the required courses, and at least a C+ average in the overall certificate requirements.
Core Courses from the History and Philosophy of Science Department:
- HPS 0612 Mind and Medicine 3 Credits
This course focuses on questions of the aims of medicine, its scientific status and its relation to the natural sciences. These questions are pursued in the context of psychiatry, neurology, genetics, and the process of physical diagnosis.
- HPS 0613 Morality and Medicine 3 Credits
This course is an introduction to the ethical, legal, and social problems which are part of the modern practice of medicine. It begins with a brief introduction to various types of moral theories (e.g., Kantian, Utilitarian, Naturalistic) followed by discussions of truth-telling in medicine, informed consent, euthanasia, abortion, and the relation between political systems and health care. The focus throughout will be on the role of moral values in medical treatment.
Important Certificate Information:
• All required courses must be completed with a "C" average or better. Pass/fail grades do not count.
• IMPORTANT: Your two upper-level elective courses MUST be from two different departments.
• The department will furnish a list of courses which satisfy the requirements in the "Other" or "Upper Level" category. It will be available online at the beginning of each registration period or by stopping in the office or phoning the department at 412-624-5896.
• If you require academic advising with respect to the required courses, please make an appointment to see Professor Peter Machamer, 1017 Cathedral of Learning, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Use #170042 as the Secondary Academic Program Code number on your registration form to ensure proper credit on your final transcript.
• During the first few weeks of your final term of your senior year fill out an additional application in the Arts and Sciences Dean's Office (140 Thackeray Hall). This will ensure the processing of the certificate information onto your transcript. If this process is not completed in a timely manner, a processing fee will be assessed by the Registrar.
• It is your responsibility to bring a copy of your final transcript to the HPS Department for coursework/GPA verification of the six courses taken. If everything is correct we will then issue a certificate in your name to the permanent address listed on your original application.
Alternative Elective Courses to Satisfy the Conceptual Foundations Requirement
If you believe that there is a course that deals with the social and conceptual issues in the biomedical sciences, and that it should satisfy the elective requirement for the certification, you must:
• Obtain the description of the course;
• Write a very short explanation of why the course ought to count toward satisfaction of the elective requirement, by showing how it deals with social or conceptual issues in the biomedical sciences; and
• Submit both to the Undergraduate Advisor for approval.
The list of elective courses is not fixed, and so other courses well may be approved. However, they must have a major component that deals with social and conceptual issues of biomedicine.
Approved Electives for Spring Term, 2014 (2144)
AFRNCA 1309/26123: Women of Africa & African Diaspora
ANTH 0538/11137: The Archeologist Looks at Death
ANTH 0768/28129: Human Sexuality in Cross Culture
BIOENG 1241/14002: Societal, Political, and Ethical Issues in Bioengineering
ECON 0220/20587/25604: Introduction to Health Economics
GEOL 1055/11094: Environmental Ethics, Science and Public Policy
NROSCI 0081/11450: Drugs and Behavior
PS 1542/11650: Global Environmental Politics
PSY 1110/11940/11995: Psychological Aspects of Human Sexuality
PSY 1205/10869, 11381, 11812, 19304: Abnormal Psychology
PSY 1210/11532 & 25321: Introduction to Clinical Psychology
PSY 1215/11814 & 19724: Health Psychology
PSY 1225/29019: Psychology of Emotion
PSY 1230/29020: Psychology of Death and Dying
PSY 1357/29023: Psychology of Aging
REHSCI 1290/15062: Practical Issues in Disability
REHSCI 1292/16895: Diversity & Cultural Issues in Health, Disability & Rehab
SOC 0446/10270: Sociology of Gender
SOC 0477/12195 & 21687: Medical Sociology
SOC 1450/25288: Health and Illness
SOC 1467/28180: Topics Mental Health & Illness
Approved Electives for Fall Term, 2013 (2141)
AFRCNA 1710/12045 African American Health Issues
ANTH 0538/23974 The Archeologist Looks at Death
ANTH 0620/11134 Bio-cultural Anthropology
BIOENG 1241/23698 Societal, Political & Ethical Issues in Biotech
ECON 0220/22945 Introduction to Health Economics
HIST1090/10909 & SOC 1488/10910 History of Medicine and Health Care
HIST 1695/28333 Environmental Politics
HPS 1625/27439 Philosophy of Medicine
NROSCI 0081/11223, 11992, & 27484 Drugs and Behavior
PHIL 0350/20396 Philosophy and Public Issues
PHIL 0352/20408 & 20409 Philosophy and Public Issues/Writing Practicum
PS 1261/28068 American Public Policy
PS 1542/12011 Global Environmental Politics
PSY 1057/28058 &22171 Topics in Biological & Health Psychology
PSY 1110/12007 Psychological Aspects of Human Sexuality
PSY 1210/11746 & 18366 Introduction to Clinical Psychology
PSY 1215/11936 Health Psychology
PSY 1225/22979 Psychology of Emotion
PSY1230/20232 Psychology of Death and Dying
PSY 1357/28492 Psychology of Aging
PUBHLT 1001/22281 Introduction to Global Health
REHSCI 1230/15512 Rehabilitation Ethics
REHSCI 1240/15618 Issues in Health Care
REHSCI 1280/19426 Psychology and Sociology of Disability
REHSCI 1292 Diversity & Cultural Issues in Health, Disability & Rehab
SOC 0466/19359 Sociology of Gender
SOC 0477/27260 & 20393 Medical Sociology
SOC 1450/27258 & 22654 Health and Illness