CIP Project

Great news! The National Center for Education Statistics, NCES, has accepted “Medical Humanities” as a new CIP code. You can ask your key holder to update your major to51.3204.

Background and Results: Earlier this year, a small group responded to a survey and proposed “Health Humanities and Medical Humanities,” to be a new code in the IPEDS database. We also proposed that the code be housed in the “30” range, which is “Multi/Interdisciplinary Programs,” and they are currently suggesting housing it under “51. Health Professions and Related Programs.”
Moving Forward: We have a chance to suggest changes by Sept. 19. As the coordinator, I will compose a request-for-change comment that includes adding “Health” in the program title, such as “Medical or Health Humanities” or “Medical/Health Humanities.” Regarding IPEDS’s proposed housing under Health Professions rather than Multi-Interdisciplinary Programs, the latter is more inclusive of the range of undergrad and grad programs in the U.S., and I will suggest that it be entered under Multi/Interdisciplinary rather than “Health Professions.” If you have comments or suggestions for the request-for-change letter, especially if you are in a program that is not exclusively or entirely medicine-focused or if you submit IPEDS data and can share important implications about whether the code is Multi/Interdisciplinary versus Health Professions, contact Sarah at
Who can contribute input? Anyone. IPEDS data are collected for degree- and certificate-bearing programs that receive federal funding (this includes programs in virtually any school except for-profit schools)—and the degrees may be baccalaureate, graduate, professional, or technical degrees, including certificates.
Thanks to everyone who participated in the survey earlier this year, requesting that Medical Humanities and Health Humanities be added as a code—your voices were heard! Thank you to everyone on this list for your continued participation as we move forward inclusively and accurately. Please forward to interested parties not on this list.
To anyone who works in/with a degree-or certificate-bearing program, you or your program leader will be able to submit your program data for 2020-2021 to IPEDS under “Medical Humanities” (at least, and maybe more inclusively Medical/Health Humanities, if they take our suggestion). The new code and tools that go with it for data management will be on the IPEDS website next July (2019). I’ll send another update then.
Sarah Berry, PhD
English and Creative Writing
Health Promotion and Wellness
SUNY Oswego

From CIP Project Chair Sarah Berry: “Thanks to all who worked with their institutional IPEDS representative to submit a survey request for a Medical Humanities and Health Humanities CIP code.

We have confirmation that 5 surveys were submitted (Centre C., Bellarmine U., Hiram C., Misericordia U., and Baker U.) Several others of you let me know that you had forwarded the request and prepared text to your Keyholder or Coordinator, and we hope that some of them indeed submitted—the more requests from different institutions, the better.
The IPEDS committee will meet in June to review CIP survey results. I’ll send out updates to this group as info becomes available.
Thanks again for your participation over the past year. The CIP update occurs only every four to eight years, so—fingers crossed that we’ll soon have a code boosting our stature as a field and that our programs will have new statistical tools available to everyone, from students and program chairs to researchers and administrators.”
From the HHC to Sarah, thank you for spearheading this initiative.

CIP Code Update: From now until March 15, 2018, we have an opportunity to suggest a dedicated CIP code for Medical Humanities and Health Humanities by working with our institutional Keyholder or Coordinator for IPEDS (typically, this is your Registrar or Institutional Research Officer), who has received an email with a personalized link to a survey. The survey consists of 4 questions and takes about 1 minute by cutting and pasting these prepared answers.

Once your Keyholder/Coordinator accesses the link through the email sent by Dr. Allan Joseph Medwick (, there are 3 questions on the first screen; here are the answers.

  1. Name of Instructional Program:
Answer:   Medical Humanities/Health Humanities
 2. Description of Instructional Program:

Answer:  An interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary program that focuses on health, illness, and medicine or other modes of healthcare through one or more humanities discipline. Programs include instruction in the concepts and methods of literary studies; media studies; art, aesthetics, performance, and art history; philosophy; rhetoric; communication; critical theory; cultural studies; religious studies; gender and sexuality studies; music; and area studies. Programs may combine instruction in natural sciences and/or social sciences with humanities instruction.

3. Suggested Two-Digit Series for Instructional Program:
Answer:  Select bubble for 30) Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Click NEXT.
The next screen will ask if you have an additional code recommendation. For our group purposes, click NO.

You can participate in a request for a new CIP code via this survey even if your institution does not have a formal or degree program in the field. This is open to baccalaureate, graduate, and professional programs. The more requests from different institutions, the greater the chance we’ll get a dedicated CIP code for Medical Humanities, Health Humanities, and programs with similar scope under different language.