Exploring the Human Dimensions of Health and Illness Through Medical Humanities

In response to overwhelming faculty and student interest from across the Rice campus, the School of Humanities launched its Medical Humanities minor in 2016 with the goal of training humanist scientists and scientific humanists. With support from the Humanities Research Center and the Dean's Office, the Medical Humanities program has grown rapidly, offering much sought-after courses like Introduction to Medical Humanities; Medical Ethics; Literature and Medicine; Demons, Mental Illness and Medicine; among others, including a new course, Protest and Plague: Identity, Activism and Disease in Literature and Film.

In our Medical Futures Lab, students conduct research to solve real-life medical challenges like improving pediatric cardiac care. The Medical Humanities program is fostering research projects on the human behavioral aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Through the program, students also pursue internship and research opportunities in the Texas Medical Center through our Health, Humanism and Society Scholars Program.

Visit medicalhumanities.rice.edu to learn more about the Medical Humanities minor, our facilitated acceptance program between humanities majors and the UT Health-McGovern Medical School, and more.

Your support is crucial in helping us prepare students to navigate and lead in the development of a more humane, equitable and just health care system that provides benefits to all through ethical, culturally informed practices.

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