Medical Humanities and Health Studies

Welcome to Medical Humanities & Health Studies


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Fall 2014 course information is now available.

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Summer I & II 2014 course information is now available.  

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IUPUI receives $290,000 NEH grant to study origins of HIV/AIDS; MHHS’s Dr. William H. Schneider to lead this team of humanities researchers and medical research consultants! 

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IU School of Liberal Arts Now Offers a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Medical Humanities & Health Studies! 

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Medical Humanities and Health Studies (MHHS) is the study of medicine, health, and illness from a range of humanities and social science perspectives. History, economics, anthropology, sociology, literature, geography, philosophy, and religious studies all contribute to understanding the nuances and complexities of human experience with illness. The MHHS Program at IUPUI engages liberal arts and a variety of pre-health professions students in this exciting interdisciplinary study.

In today’s world, medicine is a hot topic. From access and affordability to the latest drug therapies and technology, the field of medicine and healthcare has advanced far beyond that of doctors making house calls. Health care now employs not only doctors and nurses, but people in many different fields including law, research, administration, public relations, social science, and bioethics. As our society and the larger global community grapples with the increasing complexity of medicine and health, a medical humanities-health studies framework can help you better navigate these issues, both as a consumer and provider of health care.

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The MHHS Program offers undergraduate students courses to earn a Bachelor of Arts or minor in MHHS. Additionally, several graduate-level courses offered annually. Courses cover such diverse topics as ethics in medicine and health care, death and dying, examining medicine in film, health care communication, the history of medicine, and many more. Students benefit from the expertise of faculty from many schools including Liberal Arts, Medicine, Nursing and Law.

MHHS students graduate with an increased awareness of the complexity and distinctly human social and individual experiences of health, illness and medicine. Students may plan to go on to medical, dental, pharmacy, law or business school, or graduate programs in bioethics. But an MHHS program of study also prepares students for a broad range of professional and scholarly paths. Whatever path our graduates chose, their MHHS experience serves them well. One former student, now an educator in the medical field, wrote that she uses her MHHS education daily, both as a practitioner and as a teacher. Another, who has been admitted to a pharmacy doctoral program says the MHHS individualized major program helped her on a journey of self-exploration to find what she sensed she was missing, i.e., a humanistic perspective of healthcare.

The MHHS Program also presents monthly lectures and periodic national symposia open to students, the health and broader IUPUI campus, as well as the interested general public. Its faculty members are active in local and international research projects in areas of medical history, global health, medical ethics and narrative.

Brand New!  Medical Humanities & Health Studies Student Interest Group

The purpose of this organization is to cultivate interest in the field of Medical Humanities and Health Studies amongst any and all IUPUI undergraduate students.

The MHHS Student Interest Group will:

1. Host event to introduce students to the field of Medical Humanities and Health Studies

2. Provide avenues to attain useful information for students who are in the process of applying to graduate school

3. Assist students in the location and selection of mentors and research opportunities

Contact the MHHS Program for more info!


Phone: 317-278-1669

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Park in the Vermont Street Garage, 1004 W. Vermont St., located less than one block from Cavanaugh Hall and the Medical Humanities & Health Studies Program office.