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Medical Humanities and Social Sciences

The Ohio State University

12 months
40507 USD/year
37140 USD/year
12424 USD/year
Tuition fee
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Because the science and practice of medicine benefit from humanistic and social-scientific perspectives, The Ohio State University now offers the Medical Humanities and Social Sciences program.


The Medical Humanities and Social Sciences program from The Ohio State University provides transformational insights into illness and treatment, death and dying, doctor-patient relationships and the institutions, practices and cultural discourses of medicine.

Guided by faculty advisors, students follow their own interdisciplinary paths of study, emerging with a deeper understanding of the values, practices, successes and challenges of contemporary medicine. In addition to acquiring the knowledge relevant to their own goals, students develop valuable, portable skills in critical thinking, writing, synthesizing information and communicating ideas to diverse audiences.  

Career prospects

Graduates will be well-prepared for further study in medical school or PhD programs and for employment in such fields as;
  • public health
  • medical-facility administration
  • HR benefits
  • the insurance industry

Possible jobs include research positions in agencies devoted to health policy, leadership positions in institutions promoting wellness and advocacy roles in health-care reform. 

The MA in Medical Humanities and Social Sciences is housed within the Department of English and draws additional faculty from the departments of:
  • Anthropology
  • Classics
  • Communication
  • Comparative Studies
  • French and Italian
  • History
  • Psychology
  • Public Health
  • Sociology

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • 3 hours of English 6410, Introduction to Graduate Study in Medical Humanities and Social Sciences;
  • 3 hours in a social science research methods course;
  •  At least 6 hours in other English Department courses from a list of courses tailored to the program;
  • At least 9 hours outside the Department of English (from a list of approved electives) with at least 6 hours in the Social Sciences; and
  • 6 hours of elective courses in Humanities or Social Sciences, from the approved list.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • A baccalaureate or professional degree (or equivalent foreign credential) from an accredited college or university, earned by the expected date of entry into your graduate program.
  • A minimum of a 3.0 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale) for the last degree earned.
  • Prerequisite training that will enable you to pursue your program. Evidence usually comes in the form of transcripts or other credentials documenting that you have completed prerequisite academic work. 
  • Standardized test score (GRE or GMAT) if the score is required by your program. Scores must be sent electronically from the testing agency; faxed or emailed scores are not considered. Note: Scores are valid for five years after your test date.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    40507 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 40507 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    37140 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 37140 USD per year during 12 months.
  • In-State

    12424 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12424 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Columbus

940 - 1520 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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