Medical Humanities

The Medical Humanities provide an interdisciplinary and interprofessional approach to investigating and understanding the profound effects of illness and disease on patients, health professionals, and the social worlds in which they live and work. In contrast to the medical sciences, the medical humanities - which include narrative medicine, history of medicine, culture studies, science and technology studies, medical anthropology, ethics, economics, philosophy and the arts (literature, film, visual art) - focus more on meaning making than measurement.

In 2007, Baylor University was the first university in the United States to offer a bachelor’s degree in the field of medical humanities. Our program remains one of only a few such programs in the country and has enjoyed tremendous growth. Our mission is to provide a truly transformational education for Baylor students seeking careers in healthcare under the guidance of faculty who are dedicated to compelling scholarship, clinical excellence and devotion to service.

The Medical Humanities Program is redefining how undergraduate students preparing for careers in healthcare can be educated and equipped-not only with an outstanding foundation in the sciences, but also with a rich exposure to the humanities. Our students have the unique opportunity to reflect on the deepest meanings of health and healing, to consider the ethical and spiritual issues they will encounter as healthcare professionals, and to reflect on the sacred nature of medicine as a vocation.

Giving Back
“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.” Those immortal words of Charles Dickens are being taken to heart by Baylor Arts & Sciences students as they give thousands of hours of service to others each year.

Married to Medical School and Each Other
We all know that making it through medical school is one of life’s greatest challenges, but is it worth the long hours and sleepless nights? And are medical students able to maintain some semblance of a social life? Can they even, pray tell, be successful and –– married? To find answers to these and other questions, we turned to one of Baylor’s best and brightest couples, who are both attending Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) in Houston.

New Baylor provost plans to expand graduate, research programs
Dr. Ed Trevathan, who joined the university June 1, said he’s spent his first few months on the job attempting to meet the more than 1,200 faculty based in Waco, some of the almost 17,000 students and the numerous officials with partnerships and programs all over the state.

Dr. Eric Cassell Receives 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award in Medical Humanities from Baylor’s Medical Humanities Program
Dr. Eric Cassell, physician, clinical professor, and author is the most recent recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award in Medical Humanities, presented by Baylor University’s Medical Humanities Program.

Fall 2014 MH Heartbeat
Our newsletter, updated each semester...

Destination: El Salvador
Dr. Lauren Barron, joined by Dr. Elaine Lambert and Dr. Ron Wilson, looks forward to taking a team of students to El Salvador on a medical mission trip organized by the Medical Humanities Program

Faith and Healthcare Merge at the 15th Annual Medical Humanities Retreat
The Medical Humanities Retreat looks at the study of medicine from a holistic viewpoint, incorporating not only the science and logic behind the study of medicine, but the emotions and the heart behind it too. The 15th annual Retreat was focused around the passage Ezekiel 37:1-14. Dr. Mike Attas, local cardiologist and Episcopal priest served as keynote speaker.

Arts and Sciences Join Forces
A collaboration between the art department and the science department has brought life to the walls of the Baylor Science Building.

Medical Humanities Students Bring Visual and Healing Arts to Life with Quilt
This past spring, a class of Baylor University medical humanities students sewed their passion for the healing arts into a service project that was anything but patchwork.

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