The Five College Certificate in Culture, Health, and Science complements a traditional disciplinary major by allowing students to deepen their knowledge of human health, disease, and healing through an interdisciplinary focus. Under the guidance of CHS faculty program advisors on each campus, students choose a sequence of courses available within the five colleges and identify an independent project that will count toward the certificate. The certificate is designed to foster holistic, biocultural, interdisciplinary understandings of health and disease.
Requirements: The certificate consists of coursework and an independent project. Four semesters of a foreign language is strongly suggested, although not required.
Coursework: Satisfactory completion of seven courses is necessary to receive the CHS Certificate. You must earn a grade “B” or better in each of the seven courses for it to count toward the certificate. You can take courses from any of the five college campuses. You must take one course from each of the five categories. No course may be used to satisfy more than one category.
If possible, it is best to begin with courses in Categories I and II. It is required that at least four of the courses used to satisfy CHS requirements fall outside of your major. In other words, no more the three of the courses used to satisfy CHS requirements should also count towards your major.
It is recommended, but not required, that at least one of your courses expose you to knowledge of health and disease processes at the level of the population. And finally, at least four courses must be above the introductory level.
The five categories are:
I. Biocultural Approaches;
II. Mechanisms of Disease Transmission;
III. Population, Health, and Disease;
IV. Ethics, Policy, and Practice;
V. Research Design and Analysis.
A comprehensive list of certificate requirements is available online at http:// www.fivecolleges.edu/chs. For 2016-17, the Amherst faculty advisor will be Professor Christopher Dole of the Anthropology Department.