Narrative Medicine, M.Sc. | University of Southern California | Los Angeles, United States
12 months
42740 USD/year
42740 USD/year
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The Narrative Medicine MSc program offered by University of Southern California integrates narrative theory, practical experience and research methods to focus on the ethical implications of storytelling for individual/community wellness and the healthcare system.


What you will study

Students will be trained in narrative medicine methods of close reading, attentive listening and reflective writing in the service of community outreach and professional development. Training in this field will enhance the work of practicing and future clinicians (physicians, social workers, nurses, physician assistants, psychotherapists, occupational and physical therapists, speech pathologists, etc.), and provide support for mid-career professionals seeking to transition into teaching or service. 

Individuals pursuing careers in journalism, film, the non-profit sector, humanitarian leadership, social justice and community organizing, as well as those planning to apply to PhD programs in the humanities and social sciences, will develop the tools for creating boundary-crossing initiatives that address real-world problems in community health care. A cornerstone of this unique programming is USC’s partnership with local non-profit outreach groups. 

Students at the Narrative Medicine MSc program at University of Southern California will have the opportunity to teach and learn from community partners about the relationship between health and narrative, and will become more adept at offering solutions that recognize the intersection between the biomedical, behavioral and health system sciences, and issues of healthcare equity and social justice.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Narrative Medicine: Witnessing, Listening, Reflecting 
  • Narrative Medicine: Methods and Pedagogy 
  • Creative Writing and Its Applications in Narrative Medicine 
  • Research Methods in Narrative Medicine 
  • Intersubjectivity: Lived Bodies/Relational Selves 
  • Designing Research on Innovations in Academic Medicine 
  • Narrative Ethics: Illness, Disability, Equity and Community 
  • Immigrants, Illness and Narrative Medicine 
  • Sociology of Health and Medicine 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


32 SCH


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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • You must hold a degree considered equivalent to a U.S. bachelor's degree, as evaluated by the USC Office of Graduate & International Admission. 
  • Your college or university must be recognized by the appropriate governmental ministry as a degree-granting institution.
  • All transcripts and degree certificates/diplomas must be written in the original language of instruction. 
  • Official transcripts must show all courses and subjects taken and all grades (marks) received.
  • Official transcripts must be sent directly to USC by the college or university.

Tuition Fee

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    42740 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 42740 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    42740 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 42740 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Los Angeles

1520 - 2570 USD /month
Living costs

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


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