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Medical Humanities Minor

About the Medical Humanities Minor

The Medical Humanities Minor could be of particular interest to students planning careers in healthcare, public administration, and medicine. This minor provides the critical thinking and decision-making skills and knowledge of ethical theory and reasoning that are vital to physicians and medical personnel.  

Note: The requirements below supplement the University Baccalaureate Degree requirements. Refer to the General Catalog for this information. You can obtain a copy of the General Catalog at the University of Utah Bookstore.


Requirements

Minimum of 18 credits of philosophy coursework that meets the following six requirements

The Medical Humanities minor incorporates and builds upon the core courses from the Medical Humanities Block U program. These Block U courses allow students to explore traditional dichotomies and discuss specific cases and embed them in a larger question about normalcy. Students will additionally take courses from the communication and writing, philosophy and ethics, and history and literature disciplines to further explore the topics of healthcare and the history of medicine.

Complete one of the following courses:

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Complete one of the following courses:

  • COMM 5115 Health Communication
  • COMM 5116 Health, Communication & Culture (3)
  • COMM 5117 Health Campaigns & Media (3)
  • COMM 5815 Health Communication, Special Topic (3)
  • COMM 5140 Communication and Aging (3)
  • WRTG 4910 Independent Readings in Rhetoric, Discourse, and Writing (1-3) must be preapproved 

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Complete at least one course:

  • PHIL 3011-002 Animal Ethics (3)
  • PHIL 3310 Science & Society (3)
  • PHIL 3370 Philosophy of Biology (3)
  • PHIL 3520 Bioethics (3)
  • PHIL 3570 Research Ethics (3)
  • PHIL 3740 Drugs and Justice (3)
  • PHIL 5520 Advanced Bioethics (3)

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Complete at least one course:

  • HIST 4080 History of Medicine in Western Society (3)
  • HUM 4700 Medicine and Literature (3)
  • ENGL 3060 Literature,  Medicine, Society (3)
  • ENGL 5820 Disability in Literature and Film (3)

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Two additional courses:

Choose two additional courses from the three categories listed above to reach 18 credit hours: communication & writing, philosophy & ethics, or history and literature. You can take a maximum of two courses per group

Special topics courses:

The courses listed in red highlight special courses offered in humanities during a given semester that will count toward fulfillment of the above groupings. Please work with your advisor, Connie Corbett to ensure the courses are reflected on your degree audit. 

 

Last Updated: 6/14/22