New Minor in Medical Humanities
Medical Humanities is an interdisciplinary field that explores, from multiple perspectives, connections between humans, cultures, medicine and allied health sciences. Medical Humanities complements the Health Sciences, and encompasses the Humanities, Social Sciences and the Arts. It includes topics related to: health and illness; the interactions between health practices and conceptions of personhood, gender, and community; beliefs; practices, healing and ethics across cultures; the nature of suffering; and models of wellness.
Undergraduate students will be expected to complete at least 15 credit hours of Medical Humanities courses with a grade of C- or higher, and include at least one course from each of three core areas or blocks related to the study and practice of Medical Humanities: 1) Race, Ethnicity, Gender, Sex, Age; 2) Ethical, Religious and Cross-cultural Perspectives; 3) Narrative Medicine, Communication, Fine Arts. Nine credit hours of course work must be upper division (300 or higher) courses.
The Medical Humanities minor will provide students with courses that complement and support their studies in Health Sciences as well as a broad range of other fields. The minor is intentionally flexible and interdisciplinary, reflecting both the needs of students and the nature of the discipline. It will give students an increased understanding of the nature of illness, health, wellness, healing and medicine.
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