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Program Director: Amanda M. Caleb, Ph.D.

The Medical and Health Humanities program applies humanistic skills— critical assessment, reflective learning, collaborative problem-solving, and effective communication—to issues in healthcare and medicine and with an emphasis on cultural, familial, philosophical, spiritual, and social factors. Courses in the Medical and Health Humanities look at health care holistically, considering not just the physical body that aches, but the person who seeks treatment, the family and friends who support that person, and the social structures that influence the person’s care. Medical and Health Humanities challenges students to ask difficult questions about health care—how is disease constructed and how does that construction impact care?—and working on solutions to ensure respect and dignity within all aspects of health care.

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Browse the Medical and Health Humanities Program Collections:

Covid-19 and the Humanities Lecture Series

Medical and Health Humanities Faculty/Staff Scholarship

The Health Humanist