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Science, Medicine, and Society

Look at the world of healthcare differently. Science, medicine, and society at the University St. Thomas is an interdisciplinary minor integrating a wide range of disciplines to prepare you for the future of science and medicine.

Why Study Science, Medicine, and Society at St. Thomas?

What economic dynamics shape medicine and healthcare? What are the limits of random controlled trials in producing effective medical knowledge? By integrating the humanities, social sciences and behavioral science to our unique program, you gain a distinct perspective allowing you to view various issues from multiple angles. Whether you plan to go to medical school or become an engineer, you can tailor the minor to your personal and professional interests.

Well-Rounded and Flexible

  • Course Requirements
  • Four-Year Plan
  • Degrees Awarded
  • Your foundational courses focus on the history and philosophy of medicine and biomedical ethics, as well as theological perspectives on science, the biomedical revolution and public health. Your electives? You pick from courses in economics, English, geography, psychology, neuroscience and others based on your interests and career goals.
    Your four-year plan will vary because we want you to pursue what serves your goals or piques your curiosity. The minor pairs well with a number of programs, so we recommend meeting with the director of SMDS to plan your coursework accordingly.
    Minor in Science, Medicine, and Society

    Course Requirements

    Your foundational courses focus on the history and philosophy of medicine and biomedical ethics, as well as theological perspectives on science, the biomedical revolution and public health. Your electives? You pick from courses in economics, English, geography, psychology, neuroscience and others based on your interests and career goals.

    Four-Year Plan

    Your four-year plan will vary because we want you to pursue what serves your goals or piques your curiosity. The minor pairs well with a number of programs, so we recommend meeting with the director of SMDS to plan your coursework accordingly.

    Degrees Awarded

    Minor in Science, Medicine, and Society
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    Career Paths

    We give you the tools and knowledge you need to work in a variety of different industries or pathways after graduation.

    • Law
    • Medicine
    • Public health
    • Healthcare policy
    • Healthcare administration
    • Graduate programs in science

    Challenge Yourself. Prepare for the Future.

    Healthcare is complex. An SMDS minor prepares you to look at the field from multiple angles, giving you a unique perspective in the evolving landscape of medicine and healthcare.

    Enhance

    Your background in STEM or pre-health programs. You will gain a unique perspective through your coursework in SMDS.

    Stand Out

    With a background in a variety of disciplines, you will stand out on medical and graduate school applications.

    Tailored

    To your interests. SMDS is flexible, meaning you can focus on your interests and goals when planning your courses.

    Seeing the Bigger Picture

    SMDS teaches you to see beyond science when it comes to healthcare. No matter how you examine the issue, our program will challenge you to push yourself outside of your comfort zone.
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    Look at Healthcare Differently

    Science, medicine, and society students at St. Thomas are equipped with a unique skill set that prepares them for a successful career in healthcare.