Health, Medicine and Human Values (16HMM)


The minor in Health, Medicine, and Human Values offers students an opportunity to critically assess a range of issues that are fundamental to the health of individuals as well as of society. From such an understanding, students as citizens will be more adequately prepared to meet these challenges in both private and public arenas. No courses for the minor may be taken for S/U credit.


  • A total of 15 hours of course work is required for the minor.
  • 3 hours are required, while 12 are elective within the 2 specific groups below (at least 2 course from each group required).
  • A grade of ‘C-‘ or better is required in all courses to be used toward the minor, with an overall average of at least 2.0.
  • A maximum of TWO (2) courses may be used (double-counted) towards both departmental major requirements and minor requirements.
  • No courses for the minor may be taken for S/U credit.
The department will determine whether courses which have been transferred from other institutions qualify for the minor. No more than two courses from other institutions may count toward the minor.

Required Course (3 credit hours)

  •  STS (PHI) 325 Bio-Medical Ethics (3 cr)

Elective Courses (12 credit hours) (at least 2 course from each group required)

Group I – Humanities and Social Sciences Perspective on Health and Medicine
Must choose at least two (2) courses from the following
  • EC 437 Health Economics (3 cr) preq: EC/ARE 301 or EC 310
  • HI 322 Rise of Modern Sciences (3 cr) OR HI 481 History of the LIfe Sciences (3 cr)
  • PHI 221 Contemporary Moral Issues (3 cr) OR PHI 309 Political Philosophy (3cr) OR PHI 375 Ethics (3 cr) OR PHI 376 History of Ethics (3 cr)
  • PHI 347 Neuroscience and Philosophy (3 cr)
  • REL 473/573 Religion, Gender, and Reproductive Technologies (3 cr)
  • SOC 381 Sociology of Medicine (3 cr) preq: 200 level Sociology OR SOC 465 Social Aspects of Mental Health (3 cr) preq: SOC 300.
Group II- Science Perspective on Health and Medicine
Must choose at least two (2) courses from the following:
  • GN 301 Genetics in Human Affairs (3 cr) preq: BIO 183 or ZO 160 OR GN 311 (previously GN 411) Principles of Genetics (4 cr) preq: BIO 125 OR GN 414 Genes and Development (3 cr)
  • MB 200 Microbiology and World Affairs (3 cr) OR MB 411 Medical Microbiology (3 cr)
    preq: MB 351 NTR(ANS/FS) 301 Introduction to Human Nutrition (3 cr) OR NTR 419 Human Nutrition in Health and Disease (3 cr) preq: Junior standing, ANS 230 or ANS/FS/NTR 301 or ANS/NTR/PO 415 OR NTR(FS) 400 Principles of Human Nutrition (3 cr)
  • HESM 284 Women’s Health Issues (2 cr) OR HESM 285 Personal Health (2 cr) OR HESM 286 Nutrition, Exercise, and Weight Control (2 cr)*
  • PSY 430 Biological Psychology (3 cr) preq: BIO 105/106 or BIO 181
  • BIO 488 Neurobiology (3 cr) preq: C- or better in BIO 250 or BIO 212
Pre-requisite course notification: A number of courses in the minor require prerequisite courses.  Thus, the minor is not one that is begun in the freshman year, but rather later on, after foundation courses in science, social science and humanities have been taken.  Still, it is best to think about this minor as early as possible in your academic career so that you can incorporate any pre-requisites for future minor courses into your existing degree requirements.
*Note that some courses are two-credit courses and that a minimum of 15 courses of coursework are needed for this minor. Allowances for counting a course toward both a major and a minor differ between different Colleges at NC State.


Students interested in declaring a minor in Health, Medicine and Human Values should consult with the contact person listed below. Students who choose this minor will be assigned a minor advisor who can work with the student as needed to assure progression in completion of the minor.


The contact person listed below will certify the minor prior to graduation.  The minor must be completed no later than the semester in which the student expects to graduate from his or her degree program. Paperwork for certification should be completed no later than during the registration period for the student’s final semester at NC State.

Administration of the Minor

Contact Persons

Dr. Gary L. Comstock, Minor Advisor
Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies
Withers Hall Rm 458


Joanna King Student Services Associate
Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies
Withers Hall 340

Effective Date:  8/2018

SIS Code: 16HMM