Medical and Health Humanities

Dr. Amanda M. Caleb, Program Director

Medical and Health Humanities is a growing field of interdisciplinary and interprofessional collaboration that focuses on the human, human experience, and human dignity as related to medicine and healthcare.

Dr. Caleb with students

Misericordia’s B.A. in Medical and Health Humanities integrates intellectually-rigorous courses with fieldwork experience that will comprehensively prepare students for future employment and a life of serving others with respect, compassion, and empathy. As a collaboration of academic disciplines in the Humanities, Health Sciences, and Sciences, the program offers a broad educational experience that challenges students to view healthcare through the lens of cultural, familial, philosophical, spiritual, mental, and social conditions.

Additionally, at 41 credits, the curriculum’s flexibility allows students to pursue a second major, minor, or certification in complementary programs.

Medical Humanities

Specialization Options

Medical and Health Humanities Minor

Along with the BA in Medical and Health Humanities, a 15-credit minor in Medical and Health Humanities is also available. The minor will enhance students' educational experience, particularly those who are majoring in the humanities, and health and social sciences.

Employment Opportunities

  • Flexibility to pursue a number of career paths, including medicine, dentistry, physical therapy, pharmacology, health law, public health, public policy, biomedical ethics, medical anthropology, health education, medical/pharmaceutical sales, health care administration and safety, medical/healthcare writing, related humanities disciplines, and more.
  • Throughout Pennsylvania and across the country, demand for medical and health humanities graduates has increased by 50 percent since January 2014, according to the Education Advisory Board.

For more information on the Medical and Health Humanities program, contact the program director, Dr. Amanda M. Caleb, at acaleb@misericordia.edu, 570-674-8113.

For more information about our admissions process, contact us at admiss@misericordia.edu or 1-866-262-6363.

Program Goals

1. Understand difference in perspective of holism and reductionism in the diagnosis, narrative, and definition of wellness.


2. Understand how non-medical disciplines contribute to the study and treatment of illness, disease, and care, including social justice, historical, literary, ethical, and philosophical perspectives.


3. Understand how cultural perspectives impact the concept of wellness.


4. Understand the concepts of autonomy, beneficence, non-maleficence, and justice as they relate to the preservation of human dignity and human rights.


5. Develop strong writing skills across multiple disciplines and addressed to varied audiences.


6. Develop strong oral communication and presentation skills.

Major Requirements

Students in the Medical and Health Humanities major must complete the following requirements; the total number of credits, including University Core Curriculum Requirements and Electives, required for graduation with the Medical and Health Humanities major is 122.

Course NumberTitleCredits
BIO 211Anatomy & Physiology I (required core course)4
BIO 212

Anatomy and Physiology II

4
MHH 201

Introduction to Medical and Health Humanities

3

PHL 310

Medical Ethics

3

ENG 305

Literature and Medicine

3

MHH 350

Fieldwork

3

MHH 301

Narrative Medicine

3

HIS 342 OR

PHL 315

History of Medicine and Health

Philosophy of Medicine

3

MHH 401 OR

MHH 450

Senior Seminar

Senior Thesis

3

Four Electives (12 credits) to be chosen from the following:

ENG 225

Disability in Literature

3

FA 213

Themes in Medical Humanities

3

FA 361

Music and the Mind

3

FA 374

Anatomical Drawing

3

PSY277/GER 277

Adult Development and Aging

3

HIS 165

The History of Human Rights

3

HP 220

American Sign Language

3

MHH 385

Special Topics in Medical and Health Humanities (may be taken a maximum of 2 times)

3

MHH 380

Independent Study

3

PHL 202

Environmental Philosophy

3

PHL 210

Philosophy of Person

3

PSY 310

Gender Studies

3

RLS 117

Christian Health Care Ethics

3
RLS 215

Death and Dying

3
ADC 340A/SWK 340A

Chemical Addictions and Dependency

3
SWK 320

Trauma and Resiliency

3

Students may count the following courses as electives if they are not taken as a required course and with the program director’s approval:


Course NumberTitleCredits
HIS 342

History of Medicine and Health

3
PHL 315

Philosophy of Medicine

3
MHH 450

Senior Thesis

3

Excepting the fieldwork requirement for the MHH major (MHH 350: Fieldwork), there are no academic requirements other than course work.

Fieldwork

For the Fieldwork course, students will choose either an internship with a medical/health organization or an observational rotation at a medical/health facility. For the internship option, students will apply academic knowledge to work experience; for the observation rotation, students will attend clinical meetings and participate in on-site observations. Students will also attend regular class meetings with the instructor.


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Minor Requirements

Course NumberTitleCredits
MHH 201

Introduction to Medical and Health Humanities

3
Two of the following (6 credits):


ENG 305

Literature and Medicine

3
HIS 342

History of Medicine and Health

3
PHL 310

Medical Ethics

3

PHL 315

Philosophy of Medicine

3
MHH 301

Narrative Medicine


3
Two electives (6 credits), chosen from the major elective list

Admissions Requirements

The minimum criteria for admission into the Medical and Health Humanities program as a freshman student are:
  1. Class rank in the top half of the high school graduating class and/or a cumulative 2.5 grade point average
  2. Minimum combined SAT score of 850 for Critical Reading and Math (combined) if taken prior to March 5, 2016, or 930 if taken after March 5, 2016. In lieu of the SAT, ACT results may be presented with a minimum required composite score of 18
Successful transfer applicants will typically hold a minimum collegiate grade point average of 2.0, having completed at least 15 college credits, and have a proven record of success in high school.

Please note the above listed requirements are general, and that each application is looked at thoroughly, taking into account individual grades, academic rigor, and other factors.

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