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Students who study the humanities alongside the sciences develop critical and analytical skills, research expertise, intellectual and cultural community, and balance in their academic careers.

Courses in the Medical Humanities

The Medical Humanities Initiative offers courses from various disciplines at the junior and senior undergraduate level. Courses are also open (with instructor permission) to graduate and medical student auditors.

Course Offerings

ANTH-250: Intro to Medical Anthropology
Professor S. Önder

HEST-355: Health Equity Think Tank
Professor C. King & E. Yearwood

HIST-404/BIOL-269: Global History of Plague
Professor T. Newfield

MHUM-004: Death in America
Professor H. Groninger

MHUM-008: Ethics of Research with Human Subjects
Professor M. Pottash

MHUM-103: Literature & Medicine Track
Professor D. Marchalik

MHUM-202: Methods in Medical Humanities
Professor D. Marchalik

MHUM-250: War, Medicine, & Care in the 20th and 21st Centuries
Professor L. Hartmann-Villalta

PHIL-105: Intro to Bioethics
Professor M. Little

SOCI-109: Sociology of Health/Illness
Professor K. Holland

WGST-239: Medicine, Race & Gender
Professor T. Danylevich

Medical Humanities Minor

The Medical Humanities Initiative offers a minor in Medical Humanities, Culture, and Society. The minor comes at an opportune time for Georgetown and our greater DC community and brings together traditional strengths of our institution: health education and research and scholarship and teaching in the humanities and social sciences.

The minor is open without application to students across the College, SFS, and NHS. It will also be open (with instructor permission) to graduate and medical student auditors. We expect to attract those interested in the health professions, graduate and medical students, and humanities and social-sciences oriented students drawn to interdisciplinary areas such as narrative medicine, history of medicine, science and technology studies, public health, medical anthropology, and ethics. 

Requirements for the Minor

The interdisciplinary minor in Medical Humanities, Culture, and Society will require six total courses (three core courses and three electives), and is designed to provide students with a firm foundation in the field. Up to 3 credits can be fulfilled by 1-credit courses. Students will be able to use courses from other programs and departments to satisfy the minor’s elective requirements; this list grows each semester, and we welcome new submissions. 

Core Courses

  • Introduction to Medical Humanities (MHUM 101)
  • Methods in Medical Humanities (MHUM 350)
  • Senior Capstone Seminar in Medical Humanities (MHUM 401)

Elective Courses

Students will be able to use courses from other programs and departments to satisfy the minor’s elective requirements; this list grows each semester, and we will continue to add to it.

View a representative sample in the Course Offerings section above.