Offered on campus
Medical Humanities & Health Studies - Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
The Medical Humanities and Health Studies Program offers an interdisciplinary curriculum to prepare undergraduates to understand the broader role and determinants of health and medicine in today's world. Humanities courses raise questions of how human beings deal with health, medical intervention, illness, and death. Social science courses provide insight into the social, economic, and cultural contexts of health, illness, and health care. Students benefit from the wealth of faculty across campus who have strong teaching and research interests in health care. Sample topics addressed in the course of study include: human values and ethics in medical decision making; patient care as an art form and scientific endeavor; the impact of geography, history and economics on the nature of and access to health care and medicine; cultural/social definitions of health and provision of health care; global health and humanitarian intervention; technology as an improvement to humanistic health care.