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 future of healthcare is now

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 345Healthcare Humanities (Taught at MCPHS)


PHIL 131Biomedical Ethics (Taught at Simmons)


Global Health Elective Courses

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ECON 145 Economics of Sustainability and Resource Use 4
ECON 214 Gender, Globalization, and Development 4
ECON 247 Environmental Economics 4
SOCI 245 Global Health 4
WGST 200 Women, Nation, Culture 4
CHEM 221M Cultural Ecology and Sustainability: Lessons From Iceland 4
CHEM 227 Energy & Global Warming 4
NUTR 150 International Nutrition Issues 4
PHIL 139 Environmental Ethics 4

Social and Cultural Elective Courses

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AST 232 Race, Gender & Health 4
SOCI 241 Health, Illness & Society 4
PHIL 232 Theories of Justice 4
SOCI 275 Birth and Death 4
SOCI 345 Health Systems & Policy 4
SW 251 Human Behavior in the Social Environment I 4

Narrative Health

LTWR 124 Narrative & Medicine 4
HIST 211 Medicine and the African American Experience 4
HIST 255 Pathogens and Peoples: A Cultural History of Disease 4

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Our Faculty

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Shirong Luo

  • Associate Professor and Interdisciplinary Program Director
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Dawna Thomas

  • Professor and Chair of Critical Race, Gender, and Cultural Studies, and Chair of Public Health
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Lena Zuckerwise

  • Associate Professor and Chair of Political Science and International Relations