Seton Hall's minor in Medical Humanities provides an interdisciplinary approach to medicine and healthcare, bringing together fields in the humanities, social sciences and the arts. It utilizes the unique strengths of each of these fields to engender a rich and nuanced understanding of the various ways human beings experience and express their perspectives and narratives on wellness and sickness, life and death, and what constitutes a life worth living, with the primary goal of humanizing and fostering compassionate and more effective healthcare.
This minor is intended to complement student career goals in medicine, nursing and related health professions. It is also an excellent choice for any student who seeks a deeper understanding of the human condition.
Electives must be spread across 3 disciplinary areas.
Students will work one-on-one with a faculty member and conduct research in the medical humanities and humanistic medicine. Research will culminate in a Capstone Project, wherein the students will explore and produce a final work, such as a research paper or poster relating what they have learned in medical humanities-related courses to a medical or healthcare related practice, e.g., the use of narrative medicine or the application of biomedical ethics training in a clinical setting. This project should demonstrate the student's proficiency in the concept of humanistic medicine and healthcare and humanities-based perspectives on health and illness.
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