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Narrative Medicine from Columbia University is an interdisciplinary field that brings powerful narrative skills of radical listening and creativity from the humanities and the arts to address the needs of all who seek and deliver healthcare.

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Narrative Medicine from  Columbia University  enables patients and caregivers to voice their experience, to be heard, to be recognized, and to be valued, improving the delivery of healthcare.

The non-degree, online Certification of Professional Achievement in Narrative Medicine prepares health professionals, writers, and scholars to apply the skills and values of narrative understanding to improve outcomes for both patients and caregivers.

The program is developed specifically for students who seek ways to bring narrative methods into their current careers.

  • The curriculum introduces students to the principles and practice of narrative medicine through rigorous courses that promote intellectual growth, interpersonal relationships, and personal insight. Students will practice designing and evaluating narrative training interventions in clinical settings.
  • Those who complete the Certification Program gain the equivalent of six elective credits toward the Master of Science in Narrative Medicine, should they elect to continue their studies.
  • Taught by Columbia University Narrative Medicine faculty, each course combines multimedia presentations, weekly discussions, and collaborative activities to build skills in the clinical and personal aspects of narrative medicine.
  • Offered part-time for working professionals, the Certification of Professional Achievement in Narrative Medicine is a fully asynchronous online program. Students have the flexibility of accessing course materials, lectures, and assignments each week during times that fit their schedule. Students interact in discussion groups and forums, and participate in collaborative and independent coursework. 
  • Students are required to participate in a non-credit Narrative Medicine workshop at some point during the program.
  • Students have access to world-class Columbia faculty as well as career and professional development resources to advance their personal and professional goals.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Narrative Medicine Methods: Close Reading and Creative Writing
  • Social Justice: Narratives of Inequality
  • Writing Creatively: Craft Lab and Workshop
  • Pedagogy: Goals, Methods, Contexts
  • Qualitative Evaluation Methods for Narrative Medicine Practice
  • In-person workshop. 

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15 alternative credits



English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Completed online application form
  • $95.00 nonrefundable application fee (U.S. currency)
  • Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended
  • Statement of academic purpose (No more than 750 words)
  • Your Résumé
  • Students whose native language is not English must include proof of English proficiency

Tuition Fee

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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.

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

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