Education and Narrative Medicine

Explore the academic degree programs of the Department of Medical Humanities and Ethics, as well as electives, seminars, fellowships, the Visiting Scholars Program, and other integrations.

MS in Narrative Medicine

The Narrative Medicine Master’s Program seeks to strengthen the overarching goals of medicine, public health, and social justice, as well as the intimate, interpersonal experiences of the clinical encounter.

The core curriculum of the MS in Narrative Medicine combines intensive exposure to narrative writing and close reading skills, literary and philosophical analysis, and experiential work, with the opportunity to apply this learning in clinical and educational settings.

Master of Science in Narrative Medicine Program

Online Certification of Professional Achievement in Narrative Medicine

The Online Certification of Professional Achievement in Narrative Medicine program is designed to accommodate individuals who are seeking further training in Narrative Medicine, but who are unable to relocate to New York City for the Master’s Program.

Taught by Columbia University Narrative Medicine faculty, each course combines multimedia presentations, weekly creative assignments, and collaborative activities to build skills in the clinical and personal aspects of narrative medicine. The program is available almost entirely online with the addition of one non-credit in-person weekend workshop during the spring term.

 Online Certification of Professional Achievement in Narrative Medicine

VP&S Electives and Seminars

All first-year medical students at Columbia are required to complete an intensive half semester seminar in the humanities. Additionally, Narrative Medicine offers a month-long intensive fourth-year elective in Narrative Medicine in February.

Electives and Seminars

Post-Graduate Fellows in Narrative Medicine

The Narrative Medicine Fellowship supports projects that fortify the field of narrative medicine. Candidates for the fellowship must be graduates of Columbia University Master's of Science in Narrative Medicine who are interested in promoting narrative understanding in patient care, professional education, and curriculum development, or in forging new pathways in research important to the growth of the field of narrative medicine.

Submit a Proposal for the Narrative Medicine

Visiting Scholars Program: Fall 2020

The goals of the Visiting Scholars Program in the Division of Narrative Medicine are to enlarge the Division’s perspectives on aspects of narrative practice and health care and to expand the boundaries of the growing field of narrative medicine. The Division will consider applications from scholars, clinicians, writers, and artists working in scholarly, research, or clinical areas of narrative, arts, humanities, and health. Individuals may be named visiting scholars/scientists for up to one year.

Visiting Scholars Program

Integrations at Columbia

The Division of Narrative Medicine is proud to be a part of these other initiatives taking place on Columbia’s campus: Narrative, Health, and Social Justice University Seminar, Graphic Medicine Club, Narrative Medicine Workshops for Columbia College and Postbaccalaureate Premedical Program, and Reflexions.

Columbia Initiatives