Overview of the Certificate Program
The undergraduate program in the Conceptual Foundations of Medicine is designed to offer a group of related courses in the areas of medical ethics, the nature of explanation and evidence in the biomedical sciences, and social problems such as assessments of alternative forms of health care delivery. The program is likely to be of particular interest to pre-medical and pre-professional health care students, but is intended to appeal to all students interested in social and philosophical problems in the biomedical sciences.
Students interested in obtaining the the undergraduate certificate should apply as early in their course work as possible. Normally, satisfactory completion of one course in the two-term core sequence, History and Philosophy of Science (HPS) 0612 or 0613, is required for admission into the certificate program. Applications can be secured from the Department of History and Philosophy of Science.
You can download the application form and return it to the department via campus mail or in person at the office (1101 Cathedral of Learning). Download Printable Application form in:
- The two introductory core courses (HPS 0612 and 0613) in Conceptual Foundations of Medicine.
- A two-term college-level course in biology.
- Two additional courses in a variety of departments dealing with social and conceptual issues in the biomedical sciences. The two elective courses must be in different departments.
- Students must achieve at least a C grade in each of the required courses, and at least a C+ average in the overall certificate requirements.
Core Courses from the History and Philosophy of Science Department
- HPS 0612 Mind and Medicine 3 Credits
This course focuses on questions of the aims of medicine, its scientific status and its relation to the natural sciences. These questions are pursued in the context of psychiatry, neurology, genetics, and the process of physical diagnosis.
- HPS 0613 Morality and Medicine 3 Credits
This course is an introduction to the ethical, legal, and social problems which are part of the modern practice of medicine. It begins with a brief introduction to various types of moral theories (e.g., Kantian, Utilitarian, Naturalistic) followed by discussions of truth-telling in medicine, informed consent, euthanasia, abortion, and the relation between political systems and health care. The focus throughout will be on the role of moral values in medical treatment.
Important Certificate Information
- All required courses must be completed with a "C" average or better. Pass/fail grades do not count.
- IMPORTANT: Your two upper-level elective courses MUST be from two different departments.
- The department will furnish a list of courses which satisfy the requirements in the "Other" or "Upper Level" category. It will be available online at the beginning of each registration period or by stopping in the office or phoning the department at 412-624-5896.
- If you require academic advising with respect to the required courses, please make an appointment to see Professor Paolo Palmieri, 1101 Cathedral of Learning, e-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Use CFMED as the Plan Code on your registration form to ensure proper credit on your final transcript.
- During the first few weeks of your final term of your senior year fill out an additional application in the Arts and Sciences Dean's Office (140 Thackeray Hall). This will ensure the processing of the certificate information onto your transcript. If this process is not completed in a timely manner, a processing fee will be assessed by the Registrar.
- It is your responsibility to bring a copy of your final transcript to the HPS Department for coursework/GPA verification of the six courses taken. If everything is correct we will then issue a certificate in your name to the permanent address listed on your original application.
Alternative Elective Courses to Satisfy the Conceptual Foundations Requirement
If you believe that there is a course that deals with the social and conceptual issues in the biomedical sciences, and that it should satisfy the elective requirement for the certification, you must:
- Obtain the description of the course;
- Write a very short explanation of why the course ought to count toward satisfaction of the elective requirement, by showing how it deals with social or conceptual issues in the biomedical sciences; and
- Submit both to the Undergraduate Advisor for approval.
These are the courses that are considered as electives for the CFM Certificate Program. Please make an appointment to see Professor Paolo Palmieri (email@example.com) for permission to use other courses. This list can also be found on our website: www.hps.pitt.edu Please click “Undergraduate Program”.
Approved Elective Courses for Spring Term (2020)
Spring Term, 2204 (2020)
1) Health in the African Diaspora-AFRCNA 1510/30742
2) The Archeologist Looks at Death-ANTH 0538/10845
3) Biocultural Anthropology-ANTH 0620/28957
4) Forensic Anthropology-ANTH 0630/30798
5) Anthropology of Food-ANTH 1752/22842 & 28983
6) Patients & Healers: Medical Anthropology-ANTH 1761/28123 & 29416
7) Societal, Political & Ethical Issues in Biotech-BIOENG 1241/13003
8) Writings in the Health Science Professions-ENGCMP-0535/27524 & 30935
9) Language of Medicine-ENGCMP 1102/26915
10) Literature and Medicine-ENGLIT 0541/25295
11) Environmental Ethics-GEOL 1055/10810
12) Health Controversies in History-HIST 0791/31395
13) History of Medicine and Health Care-HIST 1090/29722
14) Drugs in Global History-HIST 1706/31495
15) Drugs and Behavior-NROSCI 0081/11026, 23450, & 24645
16) Psychiatric Disorders & Brain Functions-NROSCI 1030/27686
17) Biomedical Ethics-PHIL 1360/23459
18) Psychological Aspects of Human Sexuality-PSY 1110/23447
19) Abnormal Psychology-PSY 1205/10983, 16857 & 27894
20) Introduction to Clinical Psychology-PSY 1210/11072
21) Health Psychology-PSY 1215/25507
22) Psychology of Death and Dying-PSY 1230/24818
23) Health, Law and Ethics-PUBSRV 1305/22873 & 24950
24) Practical Issues in Disability-REHSCI 1290/13838
25) Diversity Cultural Health/Rehabilitation-REHSCI 1292/24753
26) Buddhism and Psychology-RELGST 1558/23308
27) Sociology of Gender-SOC 0446/25816
28) Deviance and Social Control-SOC 0471/10713
29) Medical Sociology-SOC 0477/22879 & 25661
30) Sociology of Health, Illness & Disease-SOC 1307/29254
31) Health and Illness-SOC 1450/25827
32) History of Medicine & Health Care-SOC 1488/29723
Fall Term (2201)
African American Health Issues-AFRCNA 1710/11462
The Archeologist Looks at Death-ANTH 0538/28154
Forensic Anthropology-ANTH 0630/27988
Human Sexuality in Cross-Culture-ANTH 0786/29925
Culture and Politics in Mental Health-ANTH 1722/28653
Anthropology of Food-ANTH 1752/24348
Patients & Healers: Medical Anthropology-ANTH 1761/24644
Societal, Political & Ethical Issues in Biotech-BIOENG 1241/19289
Issues in Health Care-EM 1152/14240
Issues in Health Care Education-EM 1153/14672
Environmental, Ethics, Science & Public Policy-GEOL 1055/25598
History of Medicine and Health Care-HIST 1090/25640
Disease, & Health in Modern Africa-HIST 1725/30817
Drugs and Behavior-NROSCI 0081/10931, 24618, 24780
Introduction to Bio-Medical Ethics-PHIL 0360/28147
Introduction to Clinical Psychology-PSY 1210/11302, 28146
Health Psychology-PSY 1215/11420, 25746
Psychology of Death and Dying-PSY 1230/29995
Introduction to Global Health-PUBHLT 1001/18835
Health, Law and Ethics-PUBSRV 1305/23505, 25422
Issues in Health Care-REHSCI 1240/14270
Psychology and Sociology of Disability-REHSCI 1280/17065
Practical Issues in Disability-REHSCI 1290/25647
Diversity Cultural Health/Rehabilitation-REHSCI 1292/118678
Buddhism and Psychology-RELGST 1558/25429
Sociology of Gender-SOC 0446/25385
Deviance and Social Control-SOC 0471/22491
Sociology of Globalization & Health-SOC 0473/25386
Medical Sociology-SOC 0477/22539, 23509 & 25423
Health and Illness-SOC 1450/26371
History of Medicine & Health Care-SOC 1488/28641
ENGCMP 0535/27665-Writings in the Health Science Professions
HIST 0709/30853-History of Global Health
HIST 1706/29221-Drugs in Global Health
These are the courses that maybe considered as electives for the Certificate Program.
You must see/or e-mail Dr. Paolo Palmieri: firstname.lastname@example.org for permission to use other courses.
This list can also be found on our website at www.hps.pitt.edu