Medical School Electives

UT Southwestern Medical School offers a robust roster of elective courses – both non-credit and credit – that enable students to round out and enrich their medical school experience.

Any registered student is eligible to enroll in non-credit electives, no matter their year of study. For-credit electives are offered only to fourth-year students as they must choose four, four-week electives to fulfill graduation requirements.

Non-Credit Electives

A variety of courses in the areas of medical humanities and other medical-related topics are offered as seminars and small group discussions on a non-credit basis. Each elective is organized by a faculty member and interested students, and the schedule of classes rotates.

Non-credit course offerings have included, among others:

Medical Humanities

  • Art of Observation
  • Community Service Learning
  • Designing Health Care Solutions
  • International Service Learning
  • Literature & Medicine
  • Medical Ethics

Other Subjects

  • Applied Nutrition
  • Basic Elements of Research
  • Economics & Finance
  • Global Health
  • Health Care Economics
  • Medical Finance
  • Medical Law
  • Medical Spanish Web resource
  • Public Health
  • Spanish Interpreter Apprenticeship Program (SIAP)

For a list of non-credit electives currently being offered, along with a course description, see the Web Curriculum.

For-Credit Electives

Four months of the fourth year of medical school are available for electives. The for-credit elective program aids students who may be undecided in making a career choice. Or, if a career choice has already been made, electives offer an opportunity to build strengths in related fields.

Overall, more than 100 elective courses are offered by more than 20 departments and divisions. Included are “non-traditional” courses, such as:

  • Diabetes Camp
  • Ethics
  • Law, Medicine, and Literature
  • Philosophy of Medicine
  • Public Policy and Health Care Financing

The number of elective courses varies. For a list of current fourth-year electives by department, see the Web Curriculum.