University Catalog 2023-2024

Health, Medicine and Human Values (Minor)

To see more about what you will learn in this program, visit the Learning Outcomes website!

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.

Admissions and Certification

To be admitted to the program, a student must have a GPA of at least 2.0. The minor must be completed no later than the semester in which the student expects to graduate from their degree program. Application for admission to any University minor program is now available via MyPack Portal. Admission will be based upon the student’s academic record, and in most cases no longer requires departmental review. Go to Add a Minor to apply.


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

Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies
Withers Hall 340

Effective Date:  8/2018

SIS Code: 16HMM

Plan Requirements

  • 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 departmental major requirements and/or requirements for additional minor(s).
  • 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 Course3
Bio-Medical Ethics
Elective Courses
Select at least two of the following from Group I - Humanities and Social Sciences Perspective on Health and Medicine6
Rise of Modern Science
History of the Life Sciences
Contemporary Moral Issues
Political Philosophy
History of Ethics
Neuroscience and Philosophy
Religion, Gender, and Reproductive Technologies
Sociology of Medicine
Social Aspects of Mental Health
Select at least six credits from the following, Group II - Science Perspective on Health and Medicine, of which at most four credits can come from HESM courses 16
Genetics in Human Affairs
Principles of Genetics
Human Health Issues
Personal Health
Nutrition, Exercise, and Energy Balance
The Fourth Horseman: Plagues that Changed the World
Medical Microbiology
Introduction to Human Nutrition
Human Nutrition and Chronic Disease
Biological Psychology
Total Hours15

Note that some courses are two-credit courses and that 15 hours 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.

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.