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Medical Humanities Minor

Program Requirements: 18 Credits

The medical humanities minor is intended for undergraduate students entering health care professions as well as traditional humanities students. It seeks to educate students on humanistic issues in the medical profession and healing arts from an ethical, literary, psychological, sociological, and historical perspective. Courses within the minor investigate the intellectual background of medicine and will teach students to recognize and understand the complexity of the interpersonal, cultural, bioethical, and political aspects of medicine, and to analyze and evaluate how contemporary health services are organized and delivered. The minor is open to future medical practitioners majoring in the sciences, humanities majors interested in cultural study of medicine, and any other students whose major or career would be enhanced by an interdisciplinary study of humanistic elements of the healing arts. Students pursuing the minor must consult with their major adviser and with the medical humanities adviser to select courses that meet the program requirements. In addition to PHIL 317 Bio-Medical Ethics, which is required, students will choose five different electives from two areas below.

Courses  For full course descriptions view the University Catalog »
  PHIL 317   Bio-Medical Ethics 3
Choose three courses from at least two disciplines: (9 Credits) * 9
  COMM 311 Health Communication 3
  HIST 447 History of Western Medicine from Antiquity to the Renaissance 3
  HIST 448 Early Modern Science and Medicine 3
  HIST 451 History of Modern Medicine and the Body 3
  PHIL 305 Contemporary Moral Issues 3
  PHIL 311 Ethical Theory 3
  PHIL 315 Technology and Human Values 3
  PHIL 340 Philosophy of Science 3
  POLI 371 Public Policy 3
Choose two courses from different disciplines: (6 Credits) * 6
  PSYC 333 Health Psychology 3
  PSYC 410 Abnormal Psychology 3
  PUBH 304 Nutrition 3
  PUBH 310 Issues in Family Life and Sexuality 3
  PUBH 320 Public Health Policy and Advocacy 3
  PUBH 333 Environmental Health 3
  PUBH 347 Consumer Health Education 3
  PUBH 480 Women’s Health Issues 3
  SOC 360 Sociology of Medicine and Health 3
  SOC 454 Sociology of Death and Dying 3
  SOC 455 Sociology of Aging 3
  SOC 457 Aging and Social Policy 3
  SOC 460 Sociology of Mental Health 3
  SOC 465 Sociology of AIDS 3
  STAT 318 Applied Statistical Methods 3
Total Credits Required   18
*Additional courses may be approved at the discretion of the adviser.
Have questions? Contact:

Dennis Earl, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Chair
Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies
AOC2 327
843-349-4094
dearl@coastal.edu