The Major

Introducing the New BA in Medical Humanities & Health Studies! 

The Medical Humanities & Health Studies Program is proud to announce a new major at the IU School of Liberal Arts in Indianapolis. The IU School of Liberal Arts is now offering a Bachelor of Arts in Medical Humanities and Health Studies.

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Academic & Career Preparation

An academic foundation in MHHS can be valuable to students pursuing virtually any career path, including but not limited to social/economic research, medicine, allied health professions, dentistry, health law, medical social work, nursing, public health, and public policy studies.

Interested in Medical Humanities?
Contact Judi Izuka-Campbell, our undergraduate advisor, at jizukac@iupui.eduif you are interested in pursing a major or a minor in Medical Humanities & Health Studies.

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Our mission is to fill a much needed demand for interdisciplinary preparation of undergraduates to understand the qualitative humanistic and socio-cultural context of health care in contrast to the clinical/objective approach traditionally taken in biomedicine, and to develop informed graduates with analytical skills, cultural awareness, and ethical sensitivity.

The BA in MHHS is unique, being among the first comprehensive MHHS degrees offered to undergraduates nationwide. The major entails successful completion of a minimum of 120 credit hours: 90 credit hours will satisfy the School of Liberal Arts general education requirements, and 30 credit hours will satisfy the major concentration.

Why study Medical Humanities? Here is what a few of our students have to say.

Danielle V. Lenz
B.A., MHHS, 2015
M.S.N., Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, 2017
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Department of Behavioral Health, IU Methodist Hospital

“I feel incredibly fortunate to have studied Medical Humanities and Health Studies here at IUPUI. The benefits of the interdisciplinary education are pretty intuitive for those interested in healthcare: we are called to the healing profession with the desire to be sensitive, attuned, and empathetic to the holistic needs of our patients and colleagues. By exploring illness and healing through fields such as literature, sociology, ontology, ethics, and anthropology, this program grows the intellect and spirit so that we can do just that. I cannot emphasize enough how prepared I feel to care for my future patients and walk with them through the journey of healing.”


 George Kane
B.A., MHHS Individualized Major, 2013
4th Year Medical Student, IU School of Medicine

“I believe that a healthy human life involves much more than mere biology…During my time in the program I’ve research and written on critical bioethical issues, including end of life health care, organ trafficking, and medical decision making. I believe that my studies within the Medical Humanities program have broadened and enriched by understanding of health and humanity.”


Rachel Stephens
B.A., MHHS, 2018
MSPH Program, Global Disease Epidemiology Control
Dept. of International Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health 

“These classes and the medical humanities approach have helped me solidify my true interests, realize the perspectives of several different but intersecting disciplines, deepend my understanding of major issues in the health care system past through future, and allowed me to improve my critical thinking, literature analysis, communication effectiveness, reasoning skills, and my moral imagination.”