The Health, Medicine, and Society (HMS) program seeks to integrate coursework relevant to the field of medicine from across many disciplines. It is meant to serve students interested in a wide range of career paths, from medical providers (physician, nurse, physician assistant, midwife) to health care administrator, from public health to healthcare policy. The program is built upon the conviction that questions about health and healthcare can only be meaningfully addressed by integrating different disciplinary perspectives. Thus, it provides a framework for navigating a wide range of classes ensuring both breadths of exposure and depth of perspective. Students will devise a personal course of study within the structure laid out below. Due to the integrative and interdisciplinary nature of the program, all HMS students are strongly encouraged to consider making HMS a second major, expanding and enhancing a primary field of study.
The program is structured around five broad areas:
Natural Science covers basic biology and chemistry. Such disciplines provide an important foundation for our understanding of health and our development of possible medical interventions and public health programs.
Medical Humanities brings the interpretive and conceptual resources of philosophy, literature, religious studies, and history to bear on our understanding of health and healthcare. They place illness within the broader context of lived experience and help us to understand its ethical and existential import.
Policy and Management recognize the complex legal, political, and economic context that defines how we respond to health challenges. Courses in this area provide important skills for developing and analyzing health policy, and for managing complex healthcare organizations.
Person and Society draw on the rich traditions of medical anthropology, sociology, and psychology. Such fields help us to understand the complex social and personal forces that shape health and disease, and our responses to them.
Global Health acknowledges the challenges and possibilities for tackling health problems on the global stage. Courses here aim to provide practical skills for working across cultures, and conceptual resources for understanding issues of deeply rooted cultural significance.
In addition to this interdisciplinary focus, the HMS program is committed to healthcare as a form of service. The completion of an HMS degree requires a practical internship or service project as the foundation of the major capstone.
The flexible, interdisciplinary nature of the program requires careful planning with an advisor. Students interested in the program are strongly encouraged to take the foundational seminar (HMS 100) at the first available opportunity, typically in the first year of studies.
Students declaring an HMS major will develop a course of study comprised of a minimum of 13 courses (a minimum of 48 credits). This will include an emphasis comprised of five courses addressing one of the five core areas defined by the program, and at least two courses in two additional areas. To ensure depth of study, a maximum of 5 100-level courses can count towards a student’s concentration and electives. As with all interdisciplinary majors, no more than 24 credits (6 courses) can come from anyone department or discipline.
All HMS majors are strongly encouraged to develop competency in a second language. This is of particular importance for students concentrating in the area of Global Health.
Bachelor of Arts
All HMS majors must complete the following requirements:
Major Requirements: minimum 48 credits
1. Foundation Course: 4 credits
HMS 100 Health, Medicine, and Society
2. Mathematical Methods: 4 credits
Take one of the following courses:
MATH 111 Elementary Statistics and Probability with Applications
POLI 202 Statistical Analysis and Mapping of Social Science Data
PSYCH 250 Statistical Methods
3. Concentration: 20 credits
Take five courses addressing one of the areas within the program (Natural Science, Medical Humanities, Policy and Management, Person and Society, or Global Health).
4. Electives: 16 credits
Take four courses, two addressing each of two further areas within the program. Both elective areas must differ from a student’s concentration area.
5. Capstone: 4 credits
Complete the capstone sequence:
HMS 300 Integrative Seminar I: 2 credits
HMS 400 Integrative Seminar II: 2 credits
HMS 300 should be completed at the end of a student’s junior year, and HMS 400 at the end of a student’s senior year. Students will design a practical service/internship plan in HMS 300, then reflect upon and integrate their service experience with their course of study in HMS 400 after that project is completed. The completion of a service/internship project is required to complete the capstone sequence.
Program Learning Outcomes
Graduates of this program will be prepared to:
Apply a range of relevant theories, concepts, and approaches taken from the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences to examine questions related to health and healthcare;
Discuss a range of fields and approaches within healthcare and their methods for addressing medical problems; and,
Apply a range of relevant theories, concepts, and approaches taken from the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences to health and health-related problems facing individuals and communities.
General Education Requirements
General Education is a broad description of the curriculum that embodies our commitment to a liberal arts education at the University of Redlands. Our general education conveys the range of fields of study, ways of thinking, and practices of scholarship and creativity that enable students to graduate as critical thinkers capable of innovatively and collaboratively adapting to challenges that come their way in the future.
Our general education is comprised of a Liberal Arts Inquiry (LAI) or Liberal Arts Foundation (LAF) curriculum.
Entering first-year students and transfer students arriving with fewer than 32 credits in Fall 2018 will follow the LAI curriculum.
All transfer and returning students with 32 credits or more (i.e., sophomores, juniors, and seniors) in Fall 2018 will follow the LAF curriculum.
Application Checklist - First-Year Student
The Common Application, including the personal essay and University of Redlands member questions
$50 application fee
Official transcripts from all secondary schools attended
One letter of recommendation from guidance/college counselor and/or the Common Application Secondary school report
One letter of recommendation from a teacher who can speak to your academic ability
Students whose native language is not English, cannot apply test-optional and may meet English proficiency by providing one of the following scores:
550 SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
21 ACT English and Reading Sections
TOEFL minimum 80iBT/550 paper based
IELTS minimum 6.5
iTEP minimum 3.9
Duolingo English Test (DET) minimum 105
Graduation from a secondary school in which the primary language of instruction is English
Certificate of Finances and proof of financial support