Ph.D. On Campus

History of Medicine

Johns Hopkins University

48 months
57010 USD/year
57010 USD/year
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History of Medicine graduate program at Johns Hopkins University attracts a strong cohort of students from diverse backgrounds, including medicine, science, and history. Our PhD program prepares them for scholarly careers in teaching, research, and policy. 


In collaboration with the School of Public Health, we offer a combined degree program, the PhD in the History of Medicine/MHS in International Health; for School of Public Health students we contribute to a reciprocal combined PhD in International Health/MA in the History of Medicine.

Learning outcomes

We offer a range of graduate courses, such as the graduate survey, research seminars, reading seminars, and individualized tutorials. All of our students gain valuable teaching experience as TAs for undergraduate courses and our senior students have proved very successful in winning Dean’s Teaching Fellowships which enable them to design and teach their own undergraduate courses.

Thematically, the History of Medicine Department at Johns Hopkins University focuses upon the histories of global health and disease; biomedicine; medical ways of knowing; healing practices; and the body. Temporal and geographic emphases include early modern Europe; sixteenth- to twentieth-century England; nineteenth- and twentieth-century Africa; early modern and modern China; twentieth-century America; and Russian and Soviet-era medicine and science.

Our program is warm and collegial; typically, our students consult with a number of faculty informally, while working closely with an adviser and a committee. We pride ourselves on careful and close mentorship. All departmental students fulfill a common set of requirements, but we tailor the program to fit each student’s individual research and training needs.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • History of Medicine: Antiquity to the Scientific Revolution
  • History of Medicine II: Enlightenment to the Present
  • Analogy and Metaphor in Science and Medicine
  • History of Public Health in China

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Statement of Purpose
  • Writing Sample
  • Personal Statement
  • CV
  • Academic record
  • Unofficial transcripts from all previous college and university study
  • At least two letters of recommendation

Tuition Fee

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    57010 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 57010 USD per year during 48 months.
  • National

    57010 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 57010 USD per year during 48 months.

Living costs for Baltimore

1240 - 2100 USD /month
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