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Medicine, Health and Society, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
University rank #55 (ARWU) Nashville, TN, United States
The major in Medicine, Health, and Society (MHS), offered by Vanderbilt’s Center for Medicine, Health, and Society, investigates the cultural, economic, demographic and biological factors that impact health. 
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Overview

Drawing on courses in the medical sciences, humanities, and social sciences, this innovative interdisciplinary field of study transcends the traditional biomedical approach to understanding health and illness.

Through work in and out of the classroom, MHS students learn to think critically about complex social issues that impact health and develop effective strategies for targeting health care crises. The curriculum is designed to train students to meet emerging challenges in our healthcare system as well as changes in medical education. The Center is dedicated to training the next generation of national and international health leaders—from doctors and nurses to economists and policy makers.

MHS majors craft a plan of study that includes core MHS classes, electives that meets their particular interests, and an area of concentration. Concentration areas include:

  • Global health: emphasizes social and political determinants of global health disparities, history of global public health concepts and practices, relationship between culture and health, and various health systems.
  • Health economies and policies: emphasizes the economic, legal, and political dimensions of health.
  • Health behaviors and health sciences: emphasizes social foundations of health.
  • Inequality, intersectionality, and health justice: emphasizes how diverse structures of inequality intersect and shape health disparities, and considers the role of social justice movements in reducing inequities.
  • Medicine, humanities, and the arts: emphasizes critical inquiry of our most basic ideas about health and medicine.
  • Critical Health Studies: entails a student-designed, faculty-guided course of study.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities
  • Global Public Health
  • U.S. Public Health Ethics and Policy
  • Global Health and Social Justice

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    100

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:

    7

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

You may apply using either the Common Application or the Universal College Application. Select one application method and submit all materials through that method; do not submit both. All parts of the application should be submitted by the published deadlines.

  • All required parts of either the Common Application or the Universal College Application.
  • $50 nonrefundable application fee, or fee waiver for qualified students
  • Official high school transcript
  • Counselor letter of recommendation
  • Two academic teacher recommendations
  • Official results of the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic if applicable
  • A completed College Scholarship Service (CSS) Profile, if applicable

Tuition Fee

  • International

    48600 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 48600 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    48600 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 48600 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Nashville

  • 1183 - 2200 USD/month
    Living Costs

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

Funding

We make three important commitments to U.S. Citizens and eligible non-citizens to ensure that students from many different economic circumstances can enroll at Vanderbilt:

  • First:  Since talent and promise recognize no social, cultural, economic, or geographic boundaries, our admissions process is need-blind for U.S. Citizens and eligible non-citizens. 
  • Second: Vanderbilt will meet 100% of a family’s demonstrated financial need. 
  • Third:  Financial aid awards do not include loans. Instead of offering need-based loans to undergraduate students, Vanderbilt offers additional grant assistance. This does not involve income bands or "cut-offs" that impact or limit eligibility.

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