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Medical Humanities

Typically, we approach the human body from a medical, diagnostic model. But physicians have long recognized that this approach to health and well-being is not sufficient for understanding our somatic life. The cross disciplinary minor in medical humanities provides students with a humanistic and social study of illness, health and the body. Drawing upon concepts found in the disciplines contributing to the minor, courses in the curriculum share the common focus of examining how individuals and institutions articulate and disseminate conceptions of the body, including constituent issues such as race, ethnicity, sexuality and gender. 

Designed to complement any major, the goals of the medical humanities minor include helping students: 

  • Think critically about ways in which conceptions of illness, health and the human body are shaped through disciplinary perspectives. 
  • Articulate the ways in which race, ethnicity, sexuality and gender are socially constructed. 

To learn more about the minor, download the Medical Humanities brochure.

To declare the minor, follow these steps or contact Dr. Michael J. Klein at

The minor is open to all undergradute students, and is filled on a first come, first served basis, with a cap of 50 students.

Participating Units
  • School of Communication Studies
  • Department of English
  • Geographic Science Program
  • Department of Health Sciences
  • Department of History
  • Department of Integrated Science and Technology
  • Program in Interprofessional Education
  • Department of Philosophy and Religion
  • Department of Psychology
  • Department of Sociology and Anthropology
  • Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • School of Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication
Advisory Board

Dr. Pia Antolic-Piper, Department of Philosophy

Dr. Rebecca Brannon, Department of History

Dr. Michael J. Klein, School of Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication

Ms. Kristy Liskey, Physician Assistant Program 

Dr. Cathryn Molloy, School of Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication

Dr. Siân White, Department of English

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