Medical Humanities minor

College of Liberal Arts
Medical Humanities Minor

A Holistic Approach to Healthcare

In today’s complex and interconnected world, the demand for scientific researchers and medical professionals is not limited to technical expertise; it extends to ethical awareness and psychological understanding. This encompasses doctors, nurses, and specialized researchers who are not only proficient in their fields but also attuned to global issues and committed to their professional responsibility as guardians of humanity and the planet.

The minor in medical humanities fosters a holistic approach to healthcare, integrating the disciplines of humanities (literature, philosophy, ethics, history, and religion), social sciences (anthropology, cultural studies, psychology, and sociology), and the arts (literature, film, and visual arts) into the realm of life science education and practice. By embracing this interdisciplinary approach, students cultivate a deeper understanding of the human experience, enabling them to provide compassionate, patient-centered care and address the ethical dilemmas that arise in modern healthcare settings.

The program emphasizes developing critical and ethical thinking skills, preparing graduates to transform their profession and remain engaged lifelong learners. Students cultivate global responsibility by collaboratively executing projects that connect their professional skills with societal and global needs

The Convergence of Science and Humanities

In an era where medicine and technology are rapidly evolving, the Medical Humanities minor at Benedictine University equips you with the unique expertise to navigate the intersection of science and human values. This interdisciplinary program complements your primary major while preparing you for a wide range of fulfilling career paths, including medical school, graduate work in interdisciplinary science/humanities programs, global scientific research, patient advocacy, and many more.

This minor equips future healthcare professionals with the critical thinking skills, ethical judgment, and cross-cultural sensitivity necessary to navigate the complexities of the 21st-century global healthcare landscape. It empowers them to become not only experts in their field but also responsible stewards of humanity and the planet, ensuring that scientific advancements and medical practices serve the greater good.

Join a vibrant community of scholars and practitioners dedicated to exploring the human side of medicine. Our program will cultivate your critical thinking abilities, communication skills, and empathy, preparing you to become a compassionate and effective healthcare professional or researcher.

The goals of the Medical Humanities program:

  • Promote interdisciplinary understanding: Cultivate awareness of the interconnectedness and relevance of various academic disciplines to life and healthcare.
  • Humanize medical sciences: Expose students to current ideas and practices that emphasize the human aspect of medicine.
  • Connect knowledge to values and relationships: Encourage students to integrate their practical knowledge, daily activities, and ethical values into their interactions with others and the environment.
  • Foster collaboration: Nurture a collaborative spirit between students and faculty, providing opportunities for close mentorship and professional engagement.

Explore the intricate interplay between medicine, ethics, and human experience. Our comprehensive curriculum delves into the historical, cultural, and social dimensions of healthcare, equipping you with a nuanced understanding of the complexities faced by patients, medical professionals, and society as a whole.

Expand Your Career Opportunities

The Medical Humanities minor opens doors to a multitude of exciting career paths beyond medicine. Whether you aspire to become a patient advocate, conduct groundbreaking research, or pursue graduate studies in interdisciplinary fields, our program provides you with the essential skills and knowledge to excel in a variety of healthcare-related professions.

A medical humanities minor can be beneficial for pursuing a career in healthcare or related fields, such as medicine, nursing, social work, rehabilitation, medical research ethics, healthcare policy, health communication, medical writing, science journalism, medical museum curation, and bioethics consulting.

Here is an example of some courses you may take in the Medical Humanities minor program:

  • Introduction to Art Therapy
  • Inequalities and the War on Drugs
  • Biomedical Ethics
  • Social, Psychological and Cultural Aspects of Aging
  • Faith and Science

Medical Humanities minor courses (MDHM)

Medical Humanities minor courses include: ARTH, PSYC, CRIM, IDS, PHIL, SOCL, SPAN, THEO

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Medical Humanities, Minor – Lisle


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