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Medicine, Health, and Society

Vanderbilt University

12 months
2150 USD/credit 64500 USD/year
2150 USD/credit 64500 USD/year
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Earn a master’s degree in the innovative, accelerated Medicine, Health, and Society program of Vanderbilt University. Medicine, Health, and Society is an interdisciplinary field of research that critically examines the social foundations of health.


About the Program

Graduate students in the Medicine, Health, and Society program of Vanderbilt University learn about health-related beliefs and practices in their political, social, and cultural contexts. The department integrates scholarship in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences in order to teach students how to approach questions from multiple perspectives. Graduates combine theory, research, and practice to explore health disparities, health justice, and the connections between the biological and social foundations of health.

Our broad curriculum allows students the unique opportunity to take classes in the Vanderbilt Graduate School as well as the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Law, and the Master of Public Health Program. Through interdisciplinary course work, faculty mentorship, and research collaborations, students learn skills now emphasized on the MCAT and essential to success in health care. Many of our students go on to professional degree programs in medicine, law, and public health. Other recent graduates have accepted positions in research and healthcare consulting.

MHS draws on a variety of fields in the social sciences and humanities—anthropology, economics, history, literature, psychology, sociology, philosophy/ethics, and religious studies. It should be of particular interest to students preparing for careers in a health-related profession, but also has much to offer any graduate or professional student interested in examining an important part of human experience from multiple perspectives and developing a critical understanding of contemporary society.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Perspectives on Global Public Health
  • U.S. Public Health Ethics and Policy
  • Community Health Research
  • Medicine, Technology, and Society
  • Afrofuturism and Cultural Criticisms of Medicine
  • Death and Dying in America

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Vanderbilt Graduate School’s online application form
  • Three academic letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose (2-3 pages) describing your likely research interests and how the MA in MHS will further your career and educational goals. Applicants are encouraged to state their research interests, research experience, and the names of 1-3 primary MHS faculty members with whom they would most like to work based on shared research interests.
  • Writing sample – Writing samples should demonstrate an applicant's ability to do research, make scholarly arguments, and/or apply key concepts to health. Most applicants select a course essay, term paper, journal article, white paper, or short undergraduate thesis, but other documents that reflect your research and writing abilities are accepted.
  • Transcript(s)
  • Optional: Official GRE or MCAT scores 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    64500 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2150 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    64500 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2150 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for Nashville

1183 - 2197 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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