Medical Humanities Minor

Description

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.

The Minor in Medical Humanities provides students who are interested in careers in medicine, nursing, public health, psychology, social work, health education, and other allied health sciences, with courses that complement and support their studies. The minor is intentionally flexible and interdisciplinary, reflecting both the needs of students and the nature of the discipline. It includes options and opportunities such as distance education and service learning. The Medical Humanities minor helps students to increase their understanding of the nature of illness, health, wellness, healing and medicine by exploring these topics in relation to:

  • Race, Ethnicity, Gender, Sex, Age
  • Ethical, Religious and Cross-cultural Perspectives
  • Narrative Medicine, Communication, Fine Arts

Other Information

All coursework taken for the Medical Humanities minor must be completed with a grade of “C-“ or better.

Contact

Medical Humanities Minor Director
Dr. Michele Desmarais
402-554-2679

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Requirements

Undergraduate students seeking to minor in Medical Humanities must 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 (3000 or higher) courses.

Please note: As this is a new minor, courses are being added. As new courses are being added on an on-going basis, students should select Medical Humanities courses in consultation with their minor adviser who will provide them with the most recent list of course options.

Courses Fulfilling the Core Area Requirements

Students must choose at least one course from each of the three core areas or blocks below. The rest of the 15 credit minor requirement may consist of coursework chosen from the Medical Humanities Minor Full Course Listings.

Race, Ethnicity, Gender, Sex, Age
BLST 3980SPECIAL TOPICS IN BLACK STUDIES (HIV and AIDS in Africa)3
PSYC 2500LIFESPAN PSYCHOLOGY3
SOC 3820MEDICAL SOCIOLOGY3
SOC/HED 4700WOMEN'S HEALTH AND ISSUES OF DIVERSITY3
HED/GERO 3070DEATH AND DYING3
GERO/HED/WGST 4550HEALTH ASPECTS OF AGING3
Ethical, Religious and Cross-cultural Perspectives
ANTH 4230ETHNOMEDICINES OF THE AMERICAS3
ANTH 4240MEDICAL ANTHROPOLOGY3
ANTH 4920SEMINAR IN ANTHROPOLOGICAL PROBLEMS (Native American Health)3
PHIL 2300HUMAN VALUES IN MEDICINE3
PSYC 4800LAW & PSYCHOLOGY: ETHICS, RESEARCH & SERVICES3
RELI 2500SPIRITUALITY AND WELLNESS3
RELI 3500SPECIAL TOPICS IN RELIGION (Religion in Public Life)3
GDRH 3010SPECIAL TOPICS SEMINAR (Folklore and Medicine) (Special Note: Open to all Students)1-3
Narrative Medicine, Communication, Fine Arts
ENGL/WGST 3000SPECIAL TOPICS IN ENGLISH (Illness and Health Writing and Literature)1-3
ENGL/WGST 4960TOPICS IN LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE (Bringing the War Home: American Veterans and Their Families)3
RELI 3500SPECIAL TOPICS IN RELIGION (First Nations, Spirit in Culture)3
CMST 4220HEALTH COMMUNICATION3

Medical Humanities Minor Full Course Listings

College of Arts and Sciences

Anthropology
ANTH 4230ETHNOMEDICINES OF THE AMERICAS3
ANTH 4240MEDICAL ANTHROPOLOGY3
ANTH 4920SEMINAR IN ANTHROPOLOGICAL PROBLEMS (Native American Health)3
Biology
BIOL 1060INTRODUCTION TO MEDICAL CAREERS & ETHICS2
BIOL 4030SPECIAL TOPICS IN BIOLOGY (The Art & Science of Medical Decision Making)3
Black Studies
BLST 3980SPECIAL TOPICS IN BLACK STUDIES (HIV and AIDS in Africa)3
English
ENGL/WGST 3000SPECIAL TOPICS IN ENGLISH (Illness and Health Writing and Literature)1-3
ENGL/WGST 4960TOPICS IN LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE (Bringing the War Home: American Veterans and Their Families)3
ENGL/WGST 4960TOPICS IN LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE (Writing Graphic Memoirs)3
Environmental Studies
ENVN 4320ECOLOGICAL SUSTAINABILITY AND HUMAN HEALTH3
History
HIST/WGST 4470AMERICAN MEDICINE AND PUBLIC HEALTH3
Philosophy
PHIL 2030INTRODUCTION TO ETHICS3
PHIL 2300HUMAN VALUES IN MEDICINE3
Psychology
PSYC 2500LIFESPAN PSYCHOLOGY3
PSYC 4440ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY3
PSYC 4800LAW & PSYCHOLOGY: ETHICS, RESEARCH & SERVICES3
Religious Studies
RELI 2500SPIRITUALITY AND WELLNESS3
RELI 3030SHAMANISM3
RELI 3500SPECIAL TOPICS IN RELIGION (Religion in Public Life, First Nations, Spirit in Culture, Compassion)3
Sociology
SOC 3820MEDICAL SOCIOLOGY3
SOC 4200SOCIOLOGY OF THE BODY3
SOC/HED 4700WOMEN'S HEALTH AND ISSUES OF DIVERSITY3
SOC 4830SOCIOLOGY OF MENTAL HEALTH & ILLNESS3
Women's and Gender Studies
WGST 2020INTRODUCTION TO WOMEN'S AND GENDER STUDIES: HUMANITIES3
WGST/HED 3080HEALTH CONCEPTS OF SEXUAL DEVELOPMENT3
WGST/GERO/HED 4550HEALTH ASPECTS OF AGING3

College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media

Art
ART 3330ART IN PUBLIC PLACES, THEORY AND PRACTICE (Public Health focus-please check with the professor)3
Music
MUS 2740CHAMBER MUSIC (Sound Health Service Learning component)1
Communication Studies
CMST 4220HEALTH COMMUNICATION3

College of Education

Health Education
HED 2850STRESS MANAGEMENT3
HED/GERO 3070DEATH AND DYING3
HED/WGST 3080HEALTH CONCEPTS OF SEXUAL DEVELOPMENT3
HED/SOC 4700WOMEN'S HEALTH AND ISSUES OF DIVERSITY3

College of Public Affairs and Community Service

Gerontology
GERO/HED 3070DEATH & DYING3
GERO 4350ISSUES IN AGING3
GERO 4460PSYCHOLOGY OF ADULT DEVELOPMENT AND AGING3
GERO/HED/WGST 4550HEALTH ASPECTS OF AGING3
Goodrich Program
GDRH 3010SPECIAL TOPICS SEMINAR (Folklore and Medicine (Special Note: Open to all students))1-3

Recommended Courses

Recommended courses for students interested in pursuing a minor in Medical Humanities (but not counting directly toward the minor) include:

ANTH 1050INTRODUCTION TO ANTHROPOLOGY3
BLST 1000INTRODUCTION TO BLACK STUDIES3
CMST 4170ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION3
CMST 4530INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION-US3
CMST 4700INTERPERSONAL CONFLICT3
GERO 2000INTRODUCTION TO GERONTOLOGY3
NAMS 1100INTRODUCTION TO NATIVE AMERICAN STUDIES3
PHIL 1020CONTEMPORARY MORAL PROBLEMS3
PHIL 1210CRITICAL REASONING3
PSYC 1010INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY I3
PSYC 1020INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY II4
RELI 1010INTRODUCTION TO WORLD RELIGIONS3
SOC 1010INTRODUCTORY SOCIOLOGY3
WGST 2010INTRODUCTION TO WOMEN'S AND GENDER STUDIES: SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE3