Vanderbilt University’s Center for Medicine, Health, and Society is accepting applications for the MA in the Social Foundations of Health, deadline February 1, 2019

Sep 6, 2018

Vanderbilt University’s Center for Medicine, Health, and Society (MHS) is currently accepting applications to our one-year accelerated MA program in the Social Foundations of Health.

The MA in MHS emphasizes critical perspectives on health and illness, health disparities, and health justice– each approached through interdisciplinary research. Students in the MA program collaborate with faculty on humanities and social science research through the Graduate School as well as clinical research in Vanderbilt’s Medical Center.

The MHS graduate program offers a one-year accelerated program of study, with the option of completing a thesis or practicum. Opportunities for employment as teaching assistants are open to students in this program on an as-needed basis. Students often complete the MA before going on to jobs in research, public health, non-profits, and healthcare consulting or as part of a “gap year” before medical school or other health-related advanced degree programs.

Application requirements include:

  • Vanderbilt’s Graduate School’s Online Application form
  • Three academic letters of recommendation
  •  Statement of purpose
  • Writing sample
  • Transcript(s)
  • Official GRE scores (applicants may request to submit MCAT scores in lieu of GRE scores at

Who Should Apply?

Individuals who

  • Are passionate about health disparities, health justice, and the connections between the biological and social foundations of health
  • Are interested in broadening their knowledge and skill base before pursuing medical school or other advanced degree programs
  • Want to approach contemporary healthcare from an interdisciplinary perspective
    Are driven to understand the social and cultural aspects of illness and health

Applications for the 2019-2020 academic year are due February 1, 2019.

Students seeking additional information about the program are welcome to follow up with

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