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Medical Humanities and Health Studies

Minor in Medical Humanities and Health Studies           

The interdisciplinary minor in medical humanities and health studies seeks to promote an increased awareness of the humanistic, social, and cultural dimensions of health care and health care systems. It provides an exciting opportunity for students to work in close conjunction with faculty who have strong teaching and research interests in the area of health care. A survey of the relevant issues to be addressed during the course of study in the minor includes human values and ethics in decision making; the idea of preventive and holistic health and health care; patient care as an art form and scientific endeavor; the relation among ecology, economy, and health care; the relation between cultural and social systems and health and health care; the connection between health care systems and good health; the role of the provider-client relationship, especially in the areas of communications skills and the humanistic dimensions of patient care; the meanings of suffering, illness, and dying; the role of technology in improving care but creating a legacy of dehumanization of patients; and the role of the consumer in the health care system.

A minor in Medical Humanities and Health Studies (MHHS) requires satisfactory completion of the following requirements:

  • completion of properly distributed credit hour requirements for the baccalaureate degree in effect when the student was admitted to their home school,
  • completion of 15 credit hours, with a minimum grade of C in each course,
  • no more than two (2) courses in any one disciplinary area, to include the MHHS M495 project,
  • to declare the minor, complete the School of Liberal Arts online declaration form: https://liberalarts.iupui.edu/admissions/update-major-form.html

Minor Requirements: 

  • MHHS-M 301: Perspectives on Health, Disease, and Healing (3 cr.)

3 credits from the Humanistic Perspectives on Health Care, chosen from the following:

  • COMM-C 392: Health Communication (3 cr.)
  • COMM-C 410: Health Provider–Consumer Communication (3 cr.)
  • ENG-L 431: TOPICS: Illness Narrative (3 cr.)
  • HIST-H 364: History of Medicine and Public Health (3 cr.)
  • HIST-H 374: History of Science and Technology II (3 cr.)
  • HIST-H 418: History of Humanitarian Assistance (3 cr.)
  • MHHS-M 420: Culture of Mental Illness
  • MHHS-M 492: Perspectives on Medicine in Film
  • MHHS-M 492: Literature of Addiction
  • PHIL-P 393: Biomedical Ethics (3 cr.)
  • REL-R 368: Religion and Healing (3 cr.)
  • REL-R 384: Religions, Ethics and Health (3 cr.)
  • SOC-R 327: Sociology of Death and Dying (3 cr.)

3 credits from the Social Scientific Perspectives on Health Care, chosen from the following:

  • ANTH-A 460: Bioarcheology
  • ANTH-A 460: Forensic Anthropology
  • ANTH-B 370: Human Variation (3 cr.)
  • ANTH-B 480: Human Growth and Development (3 cr.)
  • ANTH-E 421: The Anthropology of Aging (3 cr.)
  • ANTH-E 445: Medical Anthropology (3 cr.)
  • ECON-E 307: Health Economics (3 cr.)
  • ECON-E 387: Health Economics (3 cr.)
  • GEOG-G 410: Medical Geography (3 cr.)
  • SOC-R 321: Women and Health (3 cr.)
  • SOC-R 381: Social Factors in Health and Illness (3 cr.)
  • SOC-R 382: Social Organization of Health Care (3 cr.)
  • SOC-R 385: AIDS and Society (3 cr.)
  • SOC-R 410: Alcohol, Drugs, and Society (3 cr.)
  • SOC-R 415: Sociology of Disability (3 cr.)
  • SOC-R 485: Sociology of Mental Illness (3 cr.)

6 credits chosen from the above categories or from the following electives:

  • MHHS-M 420: Culture of Mental Illness
  • MHHS-M 492: Topics in Medical Humanities and Health Studies (3 cr.)
  • MHHS-M 498: Readings in Medical Humanities and Health Studies (1-3 cr.)
  • NURS-S 474: Applied Health-Care Ethics (3 cr.)
  • PBHL-A 316: Environmental Health Science (3 cr.)
  • PBHL-A 322: Principles of Epidemiology (3 cr.)
  • PBHL-H 320: Health Systems Administration (3 cr.)
  • PBHL-H 354: Health Economics (3 cr.)
  • PBHL-H 420:  Health Policy (3 cr.)

Accelerated Second Degree: The Liberal Arts baccalaureate competencies are waived for undergraduate students whose first major is outside the School of Liberal Arts and whose second major is a Bachelor of Arts degree from the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI. Students are only required to complete the courses in their major of choice in Liberal Arts. The IUPUI General Education Core or the Indiana transferable general education core must be successfully completed. Students must complete the degree outside Liberal Arts in order to have the Liberal Arts baccalaureate competencies waived for degree completion. The Liberal Arts baccalaureate competencies are only waived for students who actively pursue and complete another degree program outside of Liberal Arts.