One of only a few such programs nationwide, theGraduate Certificate in Health Humanities and Ethics is intended to enrich the training of health professions students and graduate students in the humanities and social sciences as well as enhance the expertise of working professionals.
By integrating health humanities and health ethics, the Certificate provides a basis with which to navigate the increasingly complex and nuanced landscape of healthcare through rigorous and relevant explorations of the personal, cultural, and social dimensions of health and disease. In addition to foundational courses in health humanities and health ethics, students can pursue more targeted study in a range of subject areas such as clinical, research or environmental ethics; health communication; medical rhetoric; narrative medicine; literature, film and the visual arts as related to healthcare; or sociological and anthropological approaches to healthcare.
To understand how different perspectives and disciplines inform what constitutes health and disease and the role of the health professional.
To recognize, resolve and reflect on challenging ethical and social issues in health, healthcare, health policy and research.
To examine the values and meanings of health, disease, illness and disability among patients, families, healthcare providers, and communities.
For the working professional, the Certificate provides an opportunity for advanced formal training in health humanities and ethics. It is designed to be flexible to meet the educational needs of individuals from diverse background such as healthcare, law, or public health and to accommodate the schedules of full-time working professionals. Community members can enroll without having to pursue another degree at the University, and unlike other degree programs, the Certificate does not require any specialized tests (e.g., GRE or MCAT), transcripts or a lengthy application process.
If you are looking for a more formal and intensive investigation of the health humanities and ethics, join us at the Center for Bioethics and the Humanities.