Health Humanities

The Health Humanities minor offered by Simmons University and the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Science (MCPHS) adds humanistic perspectives to the understanding of wellness and healthcare through interdisciplinary scholarship and research.

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The Health Humanities minor focuses on ethical leadership practice, sensitivity to cultural impacts on health and wellness, and communication skills, helping future practitioners bridge the gap between patients and providers.

This minor includes a Capstone for independent research, and students will be encouraged to take optional internship experiences that explore the intersection of health and culture.

The courses below have been identified as core courses for the health humanities minor. To fulfill the Health Humanities minor course requirements, students must take 5 courses, 4 credits per course or a total of 20 credits. For more information, consult Diane Grossman ([email protected]).

Required Courses

HUM 345 Healthcare Humanities (Taught at MCPHS)


PHIL 131 Biomedical Ethics (Taught at Simmons)


Global Health Elective Courses

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ECON145 Economics of Sustainability and Resource Use 4
ECON214 Gender, Globalization, and Development 4
ECON247 Environmental Economics 4
SOCI245 Global Health 4
WGST200 Women, Nation, Culture 4
CHEM221M Cultural Ecology and Sustainability: Lessons From Iceland 4
CHEM227 Energy & Global Warming 4
NUTR150 International Nutrition Issues 4
PHIL139 Environmental Ethics 4

Social and Cultural Elective Courses

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AST232 Race, Gender & Health 4
SOCI241 Health, Illness & Society 4
PHIL232 Theories of Justice 4
SOCI275 Birth and Death 4
SOCI345 Health Systems & Policy 4
SW251 Human Behavior in the Social Environment I 4

Narrative Health

LTWR124 Narrative & Medicine 4
HIST211 Medicine and the African American Experience 4
HIST255 Pathogens and Peoples: A Cultural History of Disease 4