Philosophy and Medicine Specialization

Dr. Richard Richards teaching a class

The Philosophy and Medicine specialized major and minor are based on a collection of courses introducing topics, issues, questions and problems associated the practice of medicine, including concepts of health and disease, evolution and medicine, Evidence Based Medicine and medical reasoning, the status of mental diseases, public policy, and medical ethics.  While these specialized degrees are designed for those who are planning for a career in the medical fields, they are open to any student with an interest in medicine.

Completion of the Philosophy and Medicine specialized major will be noted on the student’s transcript.  While the specialized minor does not appear on the transcript, upon request the department will provide documentation stating the Philosophy and Medicine minor was completed.

For more information about the philosophy and medicine specialization, email Philosophy and Medicine.

Course Requirements

Descriptions of the following courses are available in the UA Undergraduate Catalog. If you would like more information about how a course will be taught by a particular instructor or in a specific semester, visit the courses page of this website.

Requirements for Completing the Specialized Major

  • PHL 195/106: Intro to Deductive Logic
  • PHL 211: Ancient Philosophy
  • PHL 212: Early Modern Philosophy
  • PHL 423: Advanced Seminar in Medical Ethics
  • PHL 489: Philosophy of Medicine
  • Either PHL 386: Philosophy of Science or PHL 488: Philosophy of Mental Health
  • Additional 3 hours at 300-400 level PHL courses
  • Any 9 additional hours of any PHL courses.

Coursework must include at least 12 hours of 300- or 400-level PHL courses.

Requirements for Completing the Specialized Minor

  • PHL 423: Advanced Seminar in Medical Ethics
  • PHL 489: Philosophy of Medicine
  • Either PHL 386: Philosophy of Science or PHL 488: Philosophy of Mental Health
  • Any 9 additional hours of any PHL courses