The Health & Medical Humanities minor is an 18-hour interdisciplinary minor. For more information about the minor, please see the courses on our Curriculum Sheet, our "Why HMH?" page, and our Courses in Previous Semesters page. You can contact the Director of the Center for the Humanities, CC Wharram, at ccwharram [at] eiu.edu.
HIC 2100G - Introduction to the Health & Medical Humanities.
Dr. Jeannie Ludlow TR 9:30-10:45
The course examines how the humanities can contribute to a better understanding of critical issues in medical practice from a variety of perspectives: political, economic, cultural, anthropological, historical, social, and through creativity (theatre, literature, art, and music).
This course satisfies the Gen Ed requirement for the Humanities and Cultural Diversity. All majors are welcome.
ANT 3960 - Intro to Forensic Anthropology W 6-8:30pm
On-campus and/or off-campus fieldwork on special areas or topics in anthropology. May not be repeated.
BIO 3628 - Evolutionary Medicine TR 9-10:50
Dr. Ann Fritz
A survey of current topics in evolutionary medicine, such as cancer treatment, antibiotic resistance, asthma and diseases of civilization will be explored and analyzed using the mechanisms of evolution natural selection, generation of biological traits and evolutionary history "mismatch" to current lifestyles affecting human biology today.
This course is intended for Biological Sciences majors.
ENG 1009G - Stories Matter 5, Health & Medicine
Dr. Randall Beebe Online
This course investigate the fundamental and vibrant ways that humanities and medical/health studies complement each other's focus on health, illness, and the complexity of what it means to be human as we confront our bodies, disease, and our mortality.
This course satisfies the Gen Ed Humanities requirement.All majors are welcome.
HCM 3910 - Communication in Health Professions Online
Dr. Elizabeth Gill
A study of the role communication plays in health professions. The course focuses on the impact of communication on patient-provider interactions and health-related outcomes. Communication skill development and communicative best practices for a variety of healthcare providers are emphasized.
HST 3500 – Human Sexuality TR 9:30-10:15
Introduction, overview, and study of the biological, psychological, and cultural dimensions of human sexuality.
HST 3560 - Women's Health Hybrid T 11-12:15
This course is designed to assist students in 1). Understanding the normal conditions and special problems of women's physiology, 2). Developing an awareness of the problems women face when dealing with the health care system, 3). Examining cultural attitudes toward women, and analyzing the impact of cultural stereotyping on women's physical and emotional health, 4). Identifying agencies, groups, and organizations which are potential resources when investigating women's health concerns.
HST 3750 - Health Care Delivery Systems TR 2-3:15pm
Megan Ann Cotner, MS
Review of contemporary approaches to the delivery of health care services in the United States. Prerequisites and Notes: A grade of C or better in ENG 1002, HST 2270, and HST 2800 or admitted to the RN to BSN program.
HST 4800 - Drugs and Society Online
Dr. Kathleen Phillips
A study of drugs and drug use from an historical, biological and social perspective with emphasis on the physiological and pharmacological action of drugs in the body.
PHI 3080 - Medical Ethics.
Dr. Theresa Britton T 5-7:30pm
A study of the major philosophical views concerning the nature and practice of science, and including such topics as theory, experimentation, and the relation of these to reality and human life.
PLS 4763 - Environmental Politics and Policy
Dr. Melinda Mueller MWF 2-2:50pm
The study of environmental, energy, and sustainability issues from the perspective of public policy and political science research, including policy models, alternative tools, case studies, and the role of political institutions, actors, organizations, and citizens.
SOC 4820 - Sociology of Health and Health Care
Dr. Darren Hendrickson TR 2-3:15pm
This course provides a sociological analysis of health, illness, and health care systems. Substantive topics covered include the social distribution of health and illness, the illness experience, the socialization and development of health care workers, and the social organization of medicine. Prerequisites and Notes: SOC 1838G or permission of the instructor.
For those who would like to take summer courses, ECN 3875 – Health Economics, is offer online every summer. Other summer courses will be announced.
PHI 3080 - Medical Ethics.
Dr. Jonelle DePetro Online
This course examines the application of ethics in the context of medical practice, policy and research. Basic ethical theories are applied to medical issues in a way that involves understanding the social context in which these problems arise. Issues may include personhood, our obligations to the sick and dying, the allocation of scarce resources, informed consent, autonomy, paternalism, and others.
HIS 3700G/3790G – History of Science and Medicine TBA
Dr. David K. Smith
What is nature? How do humans understand it and the place of humans within it? In Europe between 1500 and 1800, a revolution occurred in how humans came to answer these questions. Yet this was not just a "scientific revolution." Rather, ideas about nature were deeply intertwined with religious and political beliefs. This course investigates the relationships among political, religious, and scientific (specifically, medical and biological) developments during the age of the Scientific Revolution.
This course satisfies the Gen Ed Social/Behavioral Sciences requirement. All majors are welcome.