Medical Humanities

PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE - Medical Humanities is an interdisciplinary field, described as the best of a liberal arts education with a medical focus. As of today, 69 out of the 133 accredited medical schools in the U.S. require medical students to take medical humanities courses as medical students.

This program is perfect for...

...providing future healthcare leaders a foundation in humanities which can lead to increased empathy, more understanding of historical and social contexts of disease, and a better resiliency to burnout.

What you'll learn

How different cultures perceive health and disease
Medicine as portrayed in literature, film, and narrative
Burnout, mindfulness, and resiliency
Social determinants of health & human rights
Spirituality and end of life
Medical ethics & history of medicine


Minimum of 16 total units to complete this professional certificate
Earn no less than a "C" in any particular course to be eligible for the certificate


Required PaCE Courses Units F W S Su
INT X410, Intro to Medical Humanities 3 UCSB      
INT X411, Medical Humanities in the World 3     Ventura  
Required UCSB Electives          
Choose 10 units of electives from the list provided HERE. UCSB Elective Courses can be taken through PaCE’s Open University Program. 10        
Free Webinar Course          
INT X419, Conversations with Clinicians          

Ventura Online       UCSB UCSB        UCSB  / Ventura Blended        Ventura Downtown Santa Barbara

  • Students can substitute up to 4 quarter units toward an elective on the list. A substitution can be from UCSB or transferred from another accredited university. Substitutions must be approved by HFA and must be taken within the last 5 years.
  • International Students need to apply to the International Diploma Program before enrolling in classes from this course schedule. 
  • All classes will be offered remotely through Fall 2020. We will be back to our classroom-based instruction as soon as possible. Please check back in the Fall to confirm the mode of delivery of future courses.

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UCSB Students
Individual Courses
Complete Certificate Cost


PaCE is now able to offer a 50% discount on the Fall 2020 PaCE Medical Humanities course, Introduction to Medical Humanities  (INT X410), to current UCSB students. 

In order to secure your discount, please follow these steps:

1) Visit the Course Page and hit the "Add to Cart" button.

2) From the checkout page be sure to click on "Apply a discount" and select "50% UCSB Student Discount".


In addition, a limited number of HFA Scholarships are available for students and are awarded subject to availability of funds. In combination with the PaCE Discount above, scholarship recipients will not pay any tuition for the Spring 2021 course! To apply for the HFA Scholarship, please submit your application HERE. Priority will be given to first time recipients and/or those with demonstrated financial need. The deadline to apply is March 5, 2021. Scholarships will be announced by March 12, 2021.

Conversations with Clinicians on the PaCE Pod



Learn More & Enroll:
Conversations with Clinicians (free webinar)
Medical Humanities Program


“Students will be exposed to a variety of components on how 'humanities' actually has an impact on very select and often times vulnerable patient populations.” 

-Jason Prystowsky, MD

Read this article recommended by Dr. Prystowsky:
More Pre-Med Students Opting for Health Humanities Programs 

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