The Health, Medicine and Human Values (HMHV) program, the undergraduate component of UNM’s Combined B.A./M.D. Degree Program, presents a unique opportunity for a select group of qualified freshmen who wish to become physicians in New Mexico. The program is open to 28 students each Fall (application and eligibility criteria are described below). Following an integrated curriculum that covers a broad base of interdisciplinary course work in the humanities, social sciences, mathematics, and physical sciences, program participants complete a Bachelor’s degree at the end of four years, after which they complete their Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree in the School of Medicine at UNM where a seat has been reserved for them.
The HMHV program offers students flexibility in choosing an undergraduate major while providing them with a structured pre-medical core of special seminars focusing upon humanities, fine arts, and social/behavioral sciences studies in the context of health science and medicine; with experiential learning practica; and with a suite of mathematics and physical/natural science courses that will prepare them for medical school.
In consultation with a B.A./M.D. advisor, program participants choose one of the following options: Option I: an Arts and Sciences major; Option II: the Health, Medicine and Human Values major: Health, Humanities and Society concentration, or Option III: the Health, Medicine and Human Values major: Biomedical Sciences concentration. Option I is designed for students who wish to receive a B.A. (or B.S.) degree in a liberal arts field, such as Anthropology, Biology, English, History, Psychology, or Sociology. Option II is designed for students who prefer a distributed liberal arts and sciences program of study. And Option III is designed for those students who wish to pursue a rigorous program of study in the physical and natural sciences. All three options include a suite of courses in the humanities, social sciences, mathematics, and physical and natural sciences that prepare the student for medical school.
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The UNM Combined BA/MD Degree Program considers all aspects of an applicant’s background, experience and academic progress including: