A minor in Medical Humanities complements the pre-med and health-related curricula; it will help you become a better health care practitioner!
Students completing the Minor will take a total of 15 credits. Core courses focus on the psychological and social effects of illness and treatments, values and policy issues related to medical practice, and oral communication.
Prof. Jutta Schickore – Director of Undergraduate Studies
Morrison Hall Room 302
Become a better health care provider
Combining expertise from several departments in the College, this interdisciplinary minor aims at cultivating rational and compassionate health-care providers, equipped with the knowledge and skills required to collaborate and communicate effectively with peers and with patients, to make medical decisions that reflect the wished and needs of all involved, and to have a deep understanding of subtle ethical and social issues that arise during the emotionally loaded and often frustration-prone encounters between patients and their physicians. This Minor will help you understand the interplay between medical expertise and the socio-economic and cultural challenges healthcare providers face in the 21st century.
Who should take this Minor?
This Minor is for you if…
- You plan to go to medical school
- You plan to work as a policy advisor in health care contexts
- You want to become an administrator or coordinator with health care providers
- You want to become a science writer or journalist focusing on medical issues
- You are curious about ethical and social dimensions of our healthcare system
What courses will you take?
You will take a set of courses on medical humanities, values and policy issues related to medical practice, and oral communication. Throughout this program, the focus will be on applications of these skills to your major program of study.
Critical Medical Humanities: The core course offers an interdisciplinary and inter-professional approach to research the psychological and social effects of illness and treatments. This introductory course proposes an integrated model of collaboration between health professionals, educators, and patients, emphasizing communication and empathy, and illuminating risk assessment, prevalent misconceptions and biases, and ethical considerations in decision making of all involved.
Topics courses: One course each in the following areas: 1) Science, Ethics, and Religion; 2) Cultural Expressions of Diversity; and 3) Culture, Health, and Society.
Service Learning: As part of this course, you will work in the community ni one of Bloomington’s Community Service Projects.