This program allows for current MD students enrolled at the Miller School of Medicine the opportunity to achieve a companion Master of Arts in Medical Humanities and Bioethics in which they examine the ethical implications of medicine, public health and other health professions from a variety of cultural, historical, and religious perspectives. 

The Miller School’s Institute for Bioethics and Health Policy will partner in offering a course in Bioethics and the Bioethics practicum, including opportunities for dual degree students to participate in Bioethics advisory boards variety of community, government, religious and other organizations, and special events for students in the MD/MA in Medical Humanities and Bioethics program.  Faculty affiliates of the Institute who will assist in overseeing practice for dual degree students have provided expertise to the state’s Department of Corrections, Department of Children and Families, and Department of Health, and to a variety of community health organizations. Through the Bioethics practicum, MD students will have the opportunity to collaborate with a range of government and community organizations.

Admission Requirements

Students must first be accepted to the University of Miami's MD Program.  First year MD students should then apply separately to the MA in Medical Humanities & Bioethics program through this process:

  • Completed application for admission submitted through CollegeNet
  • Statement of purpose
  • A current resume
  • Official transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended (may be duplicates from the student's MD application)
  • An official TOEFL or IELTS score is required as proof of English proficiency for international  applicants who did not receive a degree in the United States or a foreign country where English is the primary language. The following minimum score is required for admission to a graduate business degree program.
    • TOEFL - 94 or above (iBT only)
    • IELTS - 7.0 or above

Upon receipt of the student's application, an admissions interview will be scheduled with the MA director or another designee from the MA program.


Please contact the College of Arts & Sciences' Office of Interdisciplinary and Professional Studies at (305) 284-8783 or by email at ipsoffice@miami.edu.

Dual MD/MA in Medical Humanities & Bioethics

Integrated Dual Degree Curriculum

MD Requirements
Phase 1: Pre-Clerkship
MDR 550Introduction to the Medical Profession3
MDR 526Biomedical Principles of Health5
MDR 527Biomedical Principles of Health II5
MDR 531Medicine as a Profession 1014
MDR 532Medicine as a Profession 1024
MDR 533Medicine as a Profession 1031
MDR 520Symptoms, Signs, and Disease 13
MDR 521Symptoms, Signs, and Disease 24
MDR 522Symptoms, Signs, and Disease 36
MDR 523Symptoms, Signs, and Disease 43
MDR 524Symptoms, Signs, and Disease 56
MDR 525Symptoms, Signs, and Disease 65
Phase 2: Integrated Clerkships
MDR ### Transition to Clerkships1
MDR 715Integrated Pediatrics and Obstetrics and Gynecology12
MDR 716Integrated Surgery, Emergency Medicine, and Anesthesiology12
MDR 717Integrated Medicine12
MDR 718Integrated Psychiatry and Neurology12
MDR ### Medicine as a Profession Clerkships 11
MDR ### Medicine as a Profession Clerkships 23
MDR ### Medicine as a Profession Clerkships 32
Phase 3: Advanced
MDR ### Sub-Internship4
MDR ### Clinical Selective4
MDR ### Integrative Science Selective4
MDR ### Critical Care Selective2
MDR ### Transition to Residency2
MDR ### Specialty Boot Camp2
MA in Medical Humanities & Bioethics Requirements (30 credits)
MLS 601Aspects of Creative and Reflective Thought3
MLS 602Perspectives on Human Nature3
MLS 604 Survey of Medical Humanities and Health Sciences (new course)3
MDR ### Bioethics (new course)3
MLS 696Directed Readings3
or MLS 697 Directed Readings
MDR ### Medical Humanities and Bioethics Practicum (new course)3
Total Credit Hours166

Plan of Study

Dual MD/MA in Medical Humanities & Bioethics 

MA in Medical Humanities & Bioethics courses are integrated into the NextGenMD curriculum to allow for MD students to complete both degree programs simultaneously.

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
SpringCredit Hours
M.D. Pre-Clerkship Phase 1C
MLS 604 Survey of Medical Humanities & Bioethics (new course) 3
MLS 601 Aspects of Creative and Reflective Thought 3
 Credit Hours6
Summer I
M.D. Pre-Clerkship Phase 1C
MLS 611 Studies in the Humanities 3
MDR ### Bioethics (new course) 3
 Credit Hours6
Summer II
M.D. Pre-Clerkship Phase 1C
MLS 621 Studies in the Humanities 3
MLS 631 Studies in the Humanities 3
 Credit Hours6
Year Two
M.D. Pre-Clerkship Phase 1C/Clerkship Phase
MLS 696 Directed Readings 3
 Credit Hours3
Year Three
M.D. Advanced Phase
MLS 602 Perspectives on Human Nature 3
MLS 625 Special Topics 3
MDR ### Medical Humanities and Bioethics Practicum (new course) 3
 Credit Hours9
 Total Credit Hours30