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Narrative Medicine

Master of Science (full-time or part-time) 

Certification of Professional Achievement 

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Narrative Medicine 

Narrative medicine is an interdisciplinary field that brings powerful narrative skills of radical listening and creativity from the humanities and the arts to address the needs of all who seek and deliver healthcare. It enables patients and caregivers to voice their experience, to be heard, to be recognized, and to be valued, improving the delivery of healthcare. This evolving transdisciplinary field of enquiry addresses issues of structural inequality and social justice in healthcare.

The Master of Science in Narrative Medicine prepares health professionals, writers, and scholars to apply the skills and values of narrative understanding to improve outcomes for both patients and caregivers. It offers a rigorous and in-depth study of close reading of creative texts, illness and disability narratives, narrative ethics, philosophy, creative writing, and other perspectives. 

The non-degree online Certification of Professional Achievement in Narrative Medicine is developed specifically for students who seek ways to bring narrative methods into their current careers.

Meet the Faculty

Learn about the program's acclaimed faculty, including clinicians and non-clinicians, primary thought leaders and practitioners in the field, and experts in disciplines from creative writing to anthropology.

Preview the Curriculum

The multidisciplinary curriculum allows students to learn from collaborating closely with both faculty and peers.

Upcoming Events

Attend events such as info sessions, guest lectures, and Narrative Medicine Rounds, the popular series that runs the first Wednesday of the month during the academic year.

Impact Stories

Read the stories of Columbia’s narrative medicine community.

Program Options
Program Option Required Experience Course Formats Time Commitment
Master of Science (full‑time)

Professional or graduate-level experience in healthcare or social sciences


2 terms fall/spring plus part-time summer term

Practicum/Independent Study

Master of Science (part‑time)

Professional or graduate-level experience in healthcare or social sciences


2–6 years

Practicum/Independent Study

Certification of Professional Achievement

Professional or graduate-level experience in healthcare or social sciences


Up to 3 years, part-time

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Learn more about Narrative Medicine at Columbia University School of Professional Studies, or contact the program admissions counselor.

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As admissions to our programs are highly competitive, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible. Learn more about the application process, deadlines, and requirements.

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