Welcome to Medical Humanities & Health Studies

The Medical Humanities and Health Studies Program prepares 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 abundance of faculty, who have strong teaching and research interests in the area of health care at IUPUI.

Rebecca Messbarger Seminar: "From the Gallows to the Dissection Table: Lessons in Medical Humanities"
Recording Available Now

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Take a look at our courses for Fall 2019!

Fall 2019 Course List


*Be sure to check out our related course flyers under "Course Offerings".

Help us congratulate Priya Dave, Medical Humanities graduating senior, winner of the Liberal Arts Medal of Academic Distinction, the Plater Medallion, and the Top IUPUI Student of the Year award. Way to go, Priya!

MHHS Seminars 

(All information presented here is subject to change. Check back often!)

January 17
Robyn Axel-Adams, M.Div., BCC.
"Can I Talk to My Patients About Their Spirituality? Isn't That Taboo?"
Campus Center, CE 409

February 6
Lynne Sturm, PhD. & Paula Sullivan, PhD.
"Diving Deep: Resident Reflection, Self-Awareness and Empathy
Through Writing and Narrative Medicine"

Ruth Lilly Medical Library, History of Medicine Room

February 20
Rebecca Messbarger, PhD.
"From the Gallows to the Dissection Table: Lessons in Medical Humanities"
Emerson Hall Auditorium

February 27
Career Day Panel and Ellen Einertz, PhD.
"The Road taken: A Journey Down the One That Wanted Wear"
Campus Center, CE 307

April 10
Palmer MacKie, PhD.
"Poppies, Pins, Plants, and Pain: Allopathy to Alchemy in Pain Management"
Campus Center, CE 307

Grantee Spotlight: TBD

Sponsored Events: TBA

Help to support our program!

We work diligently throughout the year to bring scholars and esteemed guest lecturers from all over the world to IUPUI for our MHHS seminar series and other events. These events add to the rich academic culture of our university and offer unique opportunities to the students and faculty, as well as the general public of Indiana. To show your support for these programs, please click here. Every donation counts, and it goes towards keeping the spirit of education alive in our wonderful community. Thank you!

For a complete listing of available courses, please consult the Registrar’s website, located here.

Contact us!

Medical Humanities & Health Studies Program
425 University Blvd., CA 141
Indianapolis, IN 46202
(Ph) 317.278.1669
(Fax) 317.274.4758

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