Saint Louis University’s medical humanities minor can enhance your preparation for careers in medicine and health sciences by introducing you to works of literature, art and history that portray complex human experiences and conflicting values in patients and caregivers.
The program integrates core courses and elective courses in English, history, philosophy, theological studies, art history, medical sociology and health communication.
Our program is open to any undergraduate student at SLU who is interested in multicultural perspectives on health care. It is especially appropriate for those planning a career in medicine, medical law, health care or social service. It may also be of interest to humanities majors interested in patient advocacy, the applications of narrative medicine, historical and cultural studies of medicine, medical ethics, and art, music or narrative therapies.
Medical humanities emerged as a distinctive field in the 1970s when Joanne Trautmann Banks first compiled a database of medicine and literature.
As the skills and understanding promoted by medical humanities programs are more complex than can be satisfactorily addressed in the context of graduate study alone. We believe the learning required must begin at the undergraduate level in a systematic study of medical values.
The mission of Saint Louis University’s medical humanities program is 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.
The goals of the in medical humanities program are to: