The PhD program in the History of Medicine is part of the broader Program on the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology jointly run by the Department of the History of Medicine (SOM) and the Department of the History of Science and Technology (A&S).
The work of the PhD program extends over all phases and dimensions of the development of medicine and related sciences, the history of disease, and the historical analysis of related conceptual, cultural, and social problems. Students acquire facility in the methods of historical research and gain a wide acquaintance with the available literature in the history of medicine, science, and related fields of history. Departmental offerings are particularly strong in the history of medicine and science for early modern Europe; medicine, science, and technology in the United States; 19th and 20th centuries; history of disease and public health; and studies of health and society in East Asia, Latin America, and Africa.
Students enter the PhD program with diverse backgrounds including medicine, science, and history. The Ph.D. program prepares students for scholarly careers in teaching and research. For further information, see our website. Students interested in the history of medicine should apply to the Program through the School of Medicine. Those interested in the history of science and technology should apply through the History of Science and Technology Department of the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. Students who wish to combine medical training with academic training in the history of medicine may also inquire about the M.D.-Ph.D. program by writing:
The Director, M.D.-Ph.D. Program,
School of Medicine,
The Johns Hopkins University,
1830 E. Monument Street, Suite 2-300,
Baltimore, MD 21205.
The regular department fellowships include tuition, stipend, research allowance and medical insurance.
Candidates must be at the post-baccalaureate level. Preference will be given to applicants with training in some aspect of the health sciences, or history. For further information applicants should write to
Graham Mooney, Director of Graduate Studies
Department of the History of Medicine
The student must satisfy the requirements of the University, the School of Medicine, and the Program.
The principal requirement for the Ph.D. degree in the history of medicine is the writing of a dissertation based upon original research and of publishable quality. Prior to embarking on full-time dissertation research, candidates will prepare themselves by a variety of courses, seminars, and guided reading. During the first year of study, students receive a general introduction to historical research and complete a year-long survey in the history of medicine. In their second and third years, candidates prepare three fields of study: one in the Department of the History of Medicine; one in the History Department; and a third field to be determined by the student and the advisor. The specific requirements for such fields are set by the faculty member directing the field, in consultation with the student. These fields entail both broad and intensive reading, and the passing of a comprehensive examination and/or preparation of several historiographic essays. Candidates must also demonstrate a reading knowledge of two foreign languages before being admitted to formal candidacy for the degree. The final requirement for the Ph.D. degree is completion of a dissertation that is an original contribution to historical knowledge, and of a standard suitable for publication. More detailed information can be found on the department website.
|ME.150.699||History of Medicine Elective|
|ME.150.701||Outline of History of Medicine I: Antiquity to Scientific Revolution|
|ME.150.702||Outline History of Modern Medicine: 18th – 20th Centuries|
|ME.150.713||Oral History: Theory and Method|
|ME.150.714||History of Twentieth Century Biomedicine|
|ME.150.735||Controlling Epidemics: Historical Perspectives/Graduate Seminar|
|ME.150.736||Histories of Reproduction|
|ME.150.801||Research in the History of Medicine: Dissertation|
|PH.550.605||History of Public Health||3|
|PH.221.605||History of International Health and Development||2|
|PH.550.609||Life and Death in Charm City: Histories of Public Health in Baltimore, 1750 to the Present||3|
|AS.070.624||Normal and Pathological|
|AS.140.391||Individualized Medicine from Antiquity to the Genome Age||3|
|AS.140.435||Ways of Knowing: New Histories of Science, Medicine, and Technology||3|
|AS.140.601||Research Methods/Hist Sci|