Program in the History of Medicine

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Since its founding in 1967, the Medical School’s Program in the History of Medicine has been dedicated to research and teaching in the intellectual, political, cultural, and social history of disease, health care, and medical science. The history of medicine provides students with a historical perspective on the role health, medicine, and disease play in society today. It prepares students to think critically about historical and contemporary health issues.

We offer:

  • Graduate work leading to MA and PhD degrees
  • Undergraduate elective courses and an undergraduate minor
  • Historical segments in the Medical School curriculum
  • An annual lecture series that provides a forum for the newest work of scholars in our discipline. 

Graduate degrees

We offer MA and PhD degrees through the Program in the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine, a joint graduate program of the Program in the History of Medicine (Medical School) and the Program in the History of Science and Technology (College of Science and Engineering). Our alumni enjoy a wide variety of careers.

Graduate program

Undergraduate minor and courses

We offer an undergraduate minor and undergraduate courses in the history of science, technology, and medicine. The history of medicine is good preparation for undergraduate students interested in careers in the health professions, journalism, public policy, public history, and a range of academic careers.

Undergraduate minor

Who we are

Graduate faculty

Dominique TobbellDominique Tobbell, Ph.D.
Interim Director and Associate Professor
612-626-5114, dtobbell@umn.edu

Jennifer GunnJennifer Gunn, Ph.D.
History of Medicine Endowed Professor and Director, Institute of Advanced Studies
612-624-1909, 
gunnx005@umn.edu

Jole ShackelfordJole Shackelford, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
612-624-4499, 
shack001@umn.edu

Graduate faculty in the Program in the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

Graduate students

Meet our graduate students in the Program in the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine.

Program administration

Mary M. Thomas, Ph.D.
Executive Office and Administrative Specialist
511A Diehl Hall
612-624-4416
hmed@umn.edu