two smiling male students at Humanitas reception

Office of Humanities

The health (or medical) humanities is an interdisciplinary field of study in which the arts, humanities, and social sciences are applied to issues of health and health care. Sociology, anthropology, literature, writing, history, ethics, law, and the visual and performing arts all fall under this umbrella.

Through studies in the  health humanities students learn communication, observation, and critical thinking skills associated with better patient experiences and outcomes.

Students and clinicians can also practice self-care to prevent burnout through programs that foster self-awareness, self-expression, and reflection.