Medical Humanities, the Major
An education with a humanities perspective on health and medicine shapes individuals to think critically, compassionately and knowledgeably about the human condition, appreciate and respect diverse communities, and develop reflective and resilient habits of the mind. A major in Medical Humanities prepares graduates for health care occupations through its focus on the humanistic aspects of medicine that promote patient centered care and resilient professionals. Students planning careers in medicine, public health, mental health, counseling, nursing, health education, bioethics, health care administration, health communications and public relations, patient advocacy, human resources, as wellness specialists or in chaplaincy could benefit from this program.
The Major in Medical Humanities is intentionally flexible and interdisciplinary, reflecting both the needs of students and the nature of the field. The Medical Humanities major helps students increase their understanding of the nature of illness, health, wellness, healing and medicine by exploring these topics in three blocks of classes that share a commonality of focus.