Mission and Goals
To provide undergraduates with a foundational understanding of and appreciation for the ways that studies in the Humanities can ultimately enrich one's capacity to deliver quality health care.
Goals of the Minor in Medical Humanities
- To provide students with a recognition of the humanistic and cultural dimensions of health care and health care systems.
- To promote an inquiry into the foundational values of medicine.
- To provide students with a clarification of the values that underlie the experience of illness and care.
- To promote an improved understanding of the ways that meanings of illness and health are historically and culturally constructed, and to promote a recognition of the treatment implications of this constructedness.
- To cultivate interpretive and narrative competence, and develop an appreciation for the crucial role such competence plays in health care delivery.
- To recognize the ways that aspirations of Medical Humanities resonate deeply with the aims enunciated in the Five Dimensions of Saint Louis University Education.
- To familiarize students with and cultivate, as appropriate to an undergraduate curriculum, the Core Competencies of medical education as designated by the Association of American Medical Colleges.
- To foster students' insights as to prospects of research clarified by the inquiries made in Medical Humanities.
- To complete an internship in a medical setting.
- To create an electronic portfolio that serves as a record of professional growth and as an autobiographical account of a person dedicated to integrating humanistic aspiration with health care education and professional development.
- To complete a substantial research paper as part of a capstone requirement, and to present this paper in a public forum on campus.