The Minor

The interdisciplinary minor in medical humanities and health studies seeks to promote an increased awareness of the humanistic, social, and cultural dimensions of health care and health care systems. It provides an exciting opportunity for students to work in close conjunction with faculty who have strong teaching and research interests in the area of health care. A survey of the relevant issues to be addressed during the course of study in the minor includes human values and ethics in decision making; the idea of preventive and holistic health and health care; patient care as an art form and scientific endeavor; the relation among ecology, economy, and health care; the relation between cultural and social systems and health and health care; the connection between health care systems and good health; the role of the provider-client relationship, especially in the areas of communications skills and the humanistic dimensions of patient care; and the role of the consumer in the health care system.

The minor entails successful completion of a minimum of 15 credit hours, distributed as follows. All courses are 3 credit hours each.

Required Core Courses (2 courses/6 credits)

MHHS M301 Perspectives on Health, Disease and Healing

The course utilizes the humanities and social science disciplines to provide students with a broader understanding of the many facets of health and disease, suffering and dying, as well as the art and science of healing. **Click course title for sample syllabus**

MHHS M495 Independent Project/ Seminar in MHHS  (Capstone)

This capstone seminar or project allows students to apply knowledge gained from course work taken in the program by developing a research or applied project related to the interests of the MHHS faculty. 

Electives (3 courses/9 credits)

Choose one course from the list of Humanistic perspectives courses, and one from Social Science perspectives courses.  The third elective may be selected from the either list or from Other electives. Choose no more than one (1) course from any one department or discipline.

Humanistic Perspectives
Communication Studies

C392 Health Communication (click for sample syllabus) 

C400 Hlth Provider-Consumer Comm


L431 Topics: Illness Narrative


H364 Hist of Medicine & Public Health

H374 Hist of Science & Technology II* (with prior MHHS advisor permission) **Click course title for intstructor’s course website**

H418 Hist of International Humanitarian Assistance

H421 Tpcs: History of Chinese Medicine


P393 Biomedical Ethics

Religious Studies

R368 Religion and Healing 

R384 Religion, Ethics and Health **Click course title for sample syllabus**


R327 Sociology of Death & Dying  (click for sample syllabus)

Social Science Perspectives

B370 Human Variation

B480 Human Growth & Development

E421 Anthropology of Aging **Click course title for sample syllabus**

E445 Medical Anthropology

A460 Topics: African Health

A460 Topics: Bio-archaeology **Click course title for sample syllabus**

A460 Topics: Forensic Anthropology **Click course title for sample syllabus**


E307 Current Econ Issues: Health Econ Issues **Click for sample syllabus**

E387 Health Economics


G410 Medical Geography

Medical Humanities & Health Studies

M492 Topics in Medical Humanities Health Studies: African Health


R321 Women & Health **Click for sample syllabus**

R381 Soc Factors Health/Illness

R382 Soc Org of Health Care

R385 AIDS and Society **Click for sample syllabus**

R410 Alcohol, Drugs, & Soc **Click for sample syllabus**

R415 Soc of Disability

R485 Soc of Mental Illness

Other Electives
Medical Humanities/Health Studies

M420 Culture of Mental Illness **Click for sample syllabus**

M492 Topics in Med Hum/Health Studies **Click for sample syllabus**

M498 Readings in Med Hum/Hlth Studies


S474 Applied Health-Care Ethics

Public Health

A316 Environmental Science & Health **Click for sample syllabus**

H320 Health Systems

H322 Principles of Epidemiology **Click for sample syllabus**

H354 Health Economics **Click for sample syllabus**

H420 Health Policy

Note: Other courses may be accepted upon approval of the Medical Humanities and Health Studies Committee. See Health Studies Committee chairperson for information.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I learn more about planning a Minor in Medical Humanities - Health Studies?

E-mail MH-HS Lead Student Advisor, Judi Izuka-Campbell

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