Minor in Health, Medicine, and Society

The Health, Medicine, and Society minor is a program of study for undergraduate students who are interested in the health and medical professions.

Humanities and social science perspectives on health and medicine equip students to address important topics, such as the ethics of biomedical research; the nature of medical discovery; the relationships among race, gender, and health; the global impact of public health issues; and the cost of health care delivery. Understanding these and related issues is essential to developing informed, thoughtful, and ethically enlightened leaders in the fields of health and medicine.


  • Select five courses for a total of fifteen hours.
  • Approved courses include the following:
    • ECON 4510 Health Economics;
    • HTS 2080, Introduction to the History of Disease and Medicine;
    • HTS 3086, Sociology of Health and Medicine;
    • HTS 3087, History of Medicine;
    • HTS 3088, Race, Medicine, and Science;
    • HTS 4086, Seminar on Health, Medicine, and Society*;
    • LMC 3219, Literature and Medicine;
    • LMC 3318, Biomedicine and Culture;
    • PUBP 3244, Stem Cell Science, Ethics, and Policy;
    • PUBP 4813, Special Topics: Health Inequalities, and
    • PUBP 4843, Special Topics: Health Care Law, Policy, and Ethics.
    (*NOTE: HTS 4086 has a pre-requisite of HTS 2101, Research Methods.  An exception will be made for students in the HMS minor who have taken a comparable research methods class.)
  • Three hours taken outside of the list of approved electives may be counted toward the minor, with approval of the School.
  • Courses required by name and number and/or used to satisfy Core Areas A through E in a student's major degree program may not be used in satisfying the course requirements for a minor.
  • All courses must be taken on a letter-grade basis; each course must be completed with a grade of C or better. 
  • A maximum of 6 semester hours of Special Topics courses may be included in a minor program or the student may complete 3 semester hours of Special Topics and 3 semester hours of either Special Problems or Undergraduate Research.  Students may not use 6 semester hours of either Special Problems or Undergraduate Research for a minor.
  • To learn more about the rules and regulations governing minors, visit the Georgia Tech Catalog.
  • For more information on the Health, Medicine, and Society minor, email the Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies. You can also schedule an advising appointment using the online appointment scheduler.