IDMD 100: First-Year Convocation

McCollough Scholars cohort gathers to listen and converse with McCollough Institute speakers on various aspects of the medical profession. (1 hr)

IDMD 101: Medical Foundations I

The practice of medicine is as old as civilization. This course studies fundamental questions about the shifting conceptions of health and disease, and how that affects our conception of physicians, remedies, mental sickness, and societal responses to sickness. The course will address these questions from an interdisciplinary perspective drawing on key texts from a wide variety of perspectives. The course is divided into three sections: history & philosophy of medicine, medicine & society, and medicine & culture. (3 hrs)

IDMD 102: Medical Foundations II

This course continues the interdisciplinary study of the practice of medicine.   The course deals primarily with study of human behavior in the context of medicine and the social and cultural aspects of medical practice. The course addresses (1) large scale questions about the psychological and sociological factors that affect medical judgement, (2) the complex interplay between culture, race, and medicine, and (3) the multifaceted personal, interpersonal, and organizational questions relating to aging and death. (3 hrs)

IDMD 400: Senior Convocation

McCollough Scholars cohort gathers to listen and converse with McCollough Institute speakers on various aspects of the medical profession. (1 hr)

IDMD 401: Capstone Seminar

The Capstone Seminar is an intensive study on some aspect of the medical profession. The topics will vary depending on the professor’s area of expertise.


Students take three of the following courses on aspects of the practice of medicine:

ART 311: Figurative Modeling

Course offers students a chance to explore figurative ceramic modeling and sculpting as it relates to representing a likeness. Topics will vary as course is repeated for credit.

ANT 322: Anthropological Perspectives on Complementary/Alternative & Integrative Medicine

This course offers students a broad understanding of Complementary/Alternative (CAM) & Integrative Medicine (IM), including a basic appreciation of the multiple existing modalities and healthcare philosophies that draw together diverse healing traditions and perspectives on the person in innovative forms of clinical practice. We will not only learn the various existing definitions of “integration” in healthcare, but we will also examine the ways in which IM is being researched in medicine and beyond, and the implications of such research for both mainstream and alternative clinical practice. The course focuses especially on CAM/IM in the US, but also includes perspectives on CAM/IM as it has developed in Europe, Asia, and Africa. Students will thus develop an anthropological perspective on the socio-cultural, political, and economic context of multiple forms of CAM/IM.

ANT 411: Culture, Health, & Healing

A cross-cultural overview of medical systems, and the health, illness, and healing experiences within them. Patients and healers will be studied through the lens of etiology, help seeking, diagnosis and treatment. Writing proficiency within this discipline is required for a passing grade in this course.

EC 483: Health Care Economics

An investigation of the microeconomics of the American health care delivery system. The course focuses on the demand for and supply of health care services and emphasizes the efficiency and equity characteristics of the system.

FI 302: Business Finance

Study of financial objectives of business enterprise, sources of capital, and financial management of business assets. Emphasis is on establishing a framework for making financing, investing, and dividend decisions. Students are limited to three attempts for this course, excluding withdrawals.

HY 346: Epidemics! A History of Medicine

The history of medicine is the history of disease. Plague, bloody flux, yellow fever, the flu, cholera, ebola, smallpox, AIDS — at one time or another, each of these terms inspired terror. They’ve entered our otherwise flourishing civilizations and, like a wildfire, cut down men, women, children, rich, poor, religious, non-believers, even the healers themselves. Like phantoms, they disappeared as fast as they came; but once introduced to these mysterious visitors, no society remained unchanged. In this history of medicine, we examine six major epidemics over the last three thousand years. We’ll then turn to three epidemics of the present: cancer, healthcare-associated infections, and bioterrorism. How have humans responded to these threats? How has medicine adapted, if it has? What are our triumphs and when have we been unable to stop our invisible adversaries?

PHL 423: Advanced Seminar in Medical Ethics

This course provides an in-depth examination of some of the central ethical issues encountered by physicians and other medical professionals. Students will acquire breadth in the field of medical ethics as well as engage in an in-depth examination of specific issues. Possible topics include: The physician-patient relationship, the role of physicians and other medical professionals, end-of-life decision-making (advance directives, do not resuscitate orders, palliative care, the definition of death), beginning of life decision-making (genetic counseling and prenatal screening), and the ethics of clinical research, and bias and unequal treatment in healthcare practice. The course is specifically aimed at students who are considering a career in healthcare but will be of interest to anyone who has a special interest in biomedical ethics. This course carries a W designation. Writing proficiency within philosophy is required for a passing grade in this course.

PHL 488: Philosophy of Mental Health

In this course we will look at a variety of philosophical questions concerning mental health, mental illness, and how we should think about mental health in the context of medical practice more generally. Topics covered may include: Ontology and classification: What makes an illness mental as opposed to physical? When does a mental problem qualify as pathological (and so, get classified as an “illness”) and what are the implications of classifying something as an illness with respect to how we think about and treat it? Research on mental illness: What special challenges arise in studying mental illness? Agency, autonomy, and identity: When is a mental illness autonomy subverting in the sense of undermining a person’s ability to make informed, voluntary decisions? Moral responsibility: When are people with mental illnesses responsible for symptomatic behavior? Stigma and mental illness: In what ways are mental illnesses stigmatized and why are mental illnesses stigmatized more than physical illnesses?

PHL 489: Philosophy of Medicine

It is difficult to overstate the significance of medicine, in that it affects each of us from birth through death; or the complexity of medicine, in that it involves scientific, conceptual, economic, ethical and philosophical issues. We will here look at three of these issues from a philosophical standpoint: 1) the ways that we conceptualize health and disease; 2) the relation between medicine and science, and the patterns of reasoning associated with medical thinking; 3) the challenge posed by evolution to how we think about medicine, health and disease. Writing proficiency within this discipline is required for a passing grade in this course.

PSC 464: Politics of Health Policy

We examine health policy at all levels of government, with particular focus on the interdependence of the national, state, and local governments to provide health services. The political environment of health policymaking and implementation is explored. Health policies such as Medicaid, Medicare, and the Affordable Care Act will be examined, as well as other policies that impact health. We examine the policymaking process in general, applying health policy to the concepts and theories. We compare the US health care system with systems in other industrialized democracies.

PY 376: Special Topics in Psychology: Behavioral Medicine

This course explores the theories, research, and practice of behavioral medicine, particularly as it relates to integration of behavioral health into primary medical care. Students will examine the roles of psychology and other behavioral health professions in research and practice within healthcare. Theories of practice in the field of behavioral health will be covered. Students will develop competence in the connection between behaviors and health.