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About the Minor

The Health & Medical Humanities Minor integrates the study of medicine and health with the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Our students develop a rich foundation for understanding the human condition and its undeniable dependence on the health of bodies and minds. As students prepare for a wide range of careers—from healthcare professional to medical researcher, from art therapist to fiction writer—they pursue and gain new skills for drawing connections between the profound effects of health and disease and the creative problem-solving that human beings need to exercise.

Topics include: the history of medicine; humanistic investigations into healthcare policy and biopolitics; considerations of race, gender, and socio-economic status in medicine and public health; bioethics and medical ethics; the importance of understanding narrative in diagnostics and patient care (“narrative medicine”); and the roles of creativity, arts-educated observation, and aesthetics (music, visual arts, theatre, and literature) in health and medicine.