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 James G. Lennox, 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. You must see Professor James G. Lennox for permission to use other courses.
Approved Elective Courses for Fall Term, 2016 (2171)
African American Health Issues AFRCNA 1710/11687
Human Sexuality in Cross-Culture ANTH 0768/25313
Anthropology of Food ANTH 1752/26640
Patients & Healers: Medical Anthropology 1 ANTH 1761/17438
Societal, Political & Ethical Issues in Biotech BIOENG 1241/20661
Introduction to Health Economics ECON 0220/20438
Issues in Health Care-EM1152/14733
Issues in Health Care Education-EM 1153/15234
History of Medicine and Health Care-UHC- HIST1090/10777 & SOC 1488/10778
Global Health History HIST 1091/26958
Drugs and Behavior NROSCI 0081/11041, 27396, & 27727
Health and Policy in United States PS 1262/26498
Global Environmental Politics PS 1542/24816
Topics in Biological and Health Psychology: Tobacco and Health PSY 1057/28387
Psychological Aspects of Human Sexuality PSY 1110/25376
Abnormal Psychology PSY 1205/10500, 11259, 11484, 18614, 25418, & 28392
Introduction to Clinical Psychology PSY 1210/11484 & 28392
Health Psychology PSY 1215/11630 & 28393
Psychology of Death and Dying PSY1230/18616
Child Development and Social Policy PSY 1212/28410
Psychology of Aging PSY 1357/28395
Introduction to Global Health PUBHLT 1001/20067
Health, Law and Ethics PUBSRV 1305/29003 & 25422
Issues in Health Care REHSCI 1240/14766
Psychology and Sociology of Disability REHSCI 1280/18003
Diversity & Cultural Issues in Health, Disability & Rehab REHSCI 1292/175514
Mountains, Medical Systems & Health RELGST 1517/29034
Sociology of Globalization and Health SOC 0473/28858
Medical Sociology SOC 0477/24143, 25426, 29004
Medical Spanish SPAN 1323/20040
Approved Elective Courses for Summer Term, 2016 (2167)
The Archeologist Looks at Death ANTH 0538/10787 (6WK-1)
Human Sexuality in Cross Culture ANTH 0768/10788 (6WK-1)
Social Health Issues East Africa ANTH 1725/15007 (4WK-2)
Anthropology of Food ANTH 1752/10789 (6WK-2)
History of Medicine & Health Care HIST 1090/20386 (6WK-1)
Drugs and Behavior NROSCI 0081/10559 (6WK-1)
Drugs and Behavior NROSCI 0081/18847 (6WK-2)
Drugs and Behavior NROSCI 0081/19991 (Summer Term)
Abnormal Psychology PSY 1205/10657 (6W-1)
Abnormal Psychology PSY 1205/10331 (6WK-2)
Abnormal Psychology PSY 1210/19363 (Summer Term)
Introduction to Clinical Psychology PSY 1210/10708 (6WK-2)
Sociology of Gender SOC 0446/18548 (6WK-1)
Medical Sociology SOC 0477/20737
History of Medicine & Health Care SOC 1488/20387 (6WK-1)
Approved Electives for Spring Term, 2016 (2164)
AFRNCA 1309/23851: Women of Africa & African Diaspora
AFRNCA 1510/30327: Health in the African Diaspora
ANTH 0538/11061: The Archeologist Looks at Death
ANTH 0768/25047: Human Sexuality in Cross Culture
ANTH 1737/27108: Special Topics in Cultural Studies: Culture & Politics of Mental Health
BIOENG 1241/13635: Societal, Political, and Ethical Issues in Bioengineering
ECON 0220/19543/23652: Introduction to Health Economics
GEOL 1055/11022 / GEOL 1056/11084-UHC: Environmental Ethics, Science and Public Policy
HIST 1425/29379: History of Medicine in China
HIST 1725/29382: Disease & Health in Modern Africa
NROSCI 0081/11335/27176/29824: Drugs and Behavior
PHIL 1360/27188: Biomedical Ethics
PS 1542/29300: Global Environmental Politics
PSY 1110/27161: Psychological Aspects of Human Sexuality
PSY 1205/10807/11274/18453/26128: Abnormal Psychology
PSY 1210/11412/23542/27177: Introduction to Clinical Psychology
PSY 1215/18786: Health Psychology
PSY 1225/25431: Psychology of Emotion
PSY 1230/30394: Psychology of Death and Dying
PSY 1357/27679/29241: Psychology of Aging
PUBHLT 1002/21022: Special Topics in Global Health
REHSCI 1290/121833: Practical Issues in Disability
REHSCI 1292/175514: Diversity and Cultural Issues in Health, Disability & Rehabilitation
RELGST 1558/26686: Buddhism and Psychology
RELGST 1725/29186: Death and Healthcare Professions
SOC 0477/20404/26139: Medical Sociology
SOC 1450/23532: Health and Illness