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.

Required Courses

HUM 345Healthcare Humanities: Required (Taught at MCPHS)3
PHIL 131Biomedical Ethics: Required (Taught at Simmons)4

Elective Courses

Global Health (choose one)

ECON 145Economics of Sustainability and Resource Use4
ECON 214Women in the World Economy (prereq: Econ 100 or 101)4
ECON 247Environmental Economics (prereq: Econ 100, 101, or consent)4
SOCI 245Global Health4
WGST 200Women, Nation, Culture4
CHEM 221Cultural Ecology and Sustainability (a travel course to Iceland)4
CHEM 227/327Energy and Global Warming (Prereq: completion of basic math requirement)4
NUTR 150International Nutrition Issues4
PHIL 139Environmental Ethics4

Social and Cultural (choose one)

AST/SOCI/WGST 232Race, Gender and Health4
SOCI 241Health, Illness and Society4
PHIL 232/POL 232Theories of Justice4
SOCI 275Birth and Death4
SOCI 345Health Systems and Policy4
SW 251Human Behavior in the Social Environment4

Narrative Health (choose one)

Both the English department and the history department are developing courses in this area. 

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