Scholarly Concentration: Biomedical Ethics and Medical Humanities


Bryant Lin, MD, MEng

Nicole Martinez-Martin, PhD, JD


Objectives and Goals

Biomedical Ethics and Medical Humanities is a foundation area within the Scholarly Concentration (SC) program. This area explores the moral, social, and humanistic dimensions of medicine and biomedical science. Using cross-disciplinary methods such as those from philosophy, social science, film, literature, art, and law, students examine the meaning and implications of medicine and medical research.


Students who pursue Biomedical Ethics and Medical Humanities are required to complete the two core, gateway courses:

INDE 212               Medical Humanities and the Arts (2 units)

PEDS 251a            Medical Ethics I (2 units)

For students interested in completing all 12 units in the BEMH Scholarly area, the remaining 8 units can be selected from a wide variety of University, Medical School, and Law School courses.  Similarly, for students who will be double concentrating in BEMH plus a second concentration the remaining 2 units and be selected from the same variety of courses from across the University. Students are encouraged to go through the various catalogs and devise a course plan to present to the co-directors.

Scholarly Concentrations & the MD Program

The Scholarly Concentration (SC) program is a required, structured program of study in the Medical Student Curriculum that promotes in-depth learning and scholarship. The SC's provide medical students with faculty-mentored scholarly experiences in areas of individual interest combined with structured coursework to support this scholarship.