Medical Humanities Course Listings

Core Courses

  • 1103 Nature of Health Care Relationships
  • In this course the nature of healthcare relationships is examined from a number of perspectives, including both the patient and the healthcare provider. The issues explored in this course include both the professional and ethical and the means to cope with them. This is a medical humanities module.

  • 1106 Introduction to Health Professions
  • Introduction to the health professions; the nature of the medical and dental arts; educational skills and basic survival skills in the healthcare professions; overview of graduate level study in health related professions.

  • 1303 Freshman Academic Seminar: Medical Meaning & the Physician-Patient Relationship
  • Introduces first-year students to the world of academics and the scholarly community through exploration of the major themes intrinsic in the physician/patient relationship. Emphasizes critical inquiry and thinking, research, writing, and problem solving. Substitutes for a basic social requirement on certain degrees automatically only in the College of Arts and Sciences.

  • 1307 Critical Thinking
  • The development of critical, coherent, and creative thinking, including understanding, analyzing, and evaluating the claims of others, organizing ideas clearly, and constructing sound arguments. Development of sensitivity to argumentation technique and to the language in which arguments are expressed, with particular attention to the persuasive techniques of advertising and other controversial issues in the mass media.

  • 1309 Introduction to Medical Ethics
  • Introduction to philosophical reasoning regarding medical ethics, including confidentiality, intervention in the beginning and ending of human life, and just distribution of medical resources.

  • 2101 Foundations of Medical Research
  • Introduction to clinical/medical research in an academic medical setting, including medical ethics, research modalities, and evaluation tools.

  • 2301 Christian Spirituality and Healthcare
  • A historical framework for Western spiritual traditions, especially the Christian tradition, stressing the relationship between Christian spirituality and healing.

  • 3300 Visual Healing
  • Prerequisite(s): For Medical Humanities Major/Minor Students only. An overview of the connections between visual art, healing and healthcare, the role of imagination and creativity in medicine, including the critical viewing of art, class discussions, experiential learning, and a service-learning project.

  • 3341 Survey of Human Development
  • A survey of the field of developmental psychology. Consideration is given to the development of human behavior from conception to death. For non-majors only.

  • 3345 World Religions
  • Historical, aesthetic, philosophical, anthropological, sociological, and psychological approaches to the major faith traditions of our world.

  • 4300 History of Medicine
  • Prerequisite(s): Upper-level standing or consent of the instructor. A review of the origins and development of medicine and medical science from pre-historic times to be present. Consideration will be given to the impact of major diseases on civilization and the emergence of successful measures of control.

  • 4325 Literary & Philosophical Perspectives on Medicine
  • Examination of literature dealing with illness, disease, pain, and death in order to understand better how societal perceptions and values of the care-giver affect the patient. Study of literary, philosophical, and medical works; each student will present a significant work for discussion, together with a major paper in one of these areas.

  • 4350 Economics of Health & Medical Care
  • Economic aspects of health and medical care: theory, empirical evidence, history, institutions, and public policy.

  • 4351 Supervised Clinical Medicine (Instructor Approval Required)
  • Supervised weekly clinical service through various medical fields complemented by weekly seminar sessions.

  • 4353 Sociology of Medicine
  • A sociological examination of health, illness, and the social organization of medical care in the United States. Consideration is given to race, class, gender, and age as factors influencing health, illness, and the delivery of medical care.

  • 4363 Philosophy and Medicine
  • Philosophical approaches to clinical medicine and contemporary health care, focusing on experience as a basis for knowledge.

  • 4372 End of Life Care and Bereavement
  • This course critically analyzes how healthcare professionals are involved in the dying experience with patients, families, and communities. Topics include causes of death, trauma, spirituality in grief, complicated bereavement, hospice and palliative care, physician-assisted dying, futile treatment at the end of life, and cross-cultural sensitivities.

  • 4395 Bioethics
  • Ethical issues in the fields of health care and other life sciences. Some of the issues studied include behavior modification, abortion, euthanasia, health care delivery, human experimentation, and genetic modification. A major research project on a selected issue approved by the professor will be required of each student.

  • 4396 Disability and Society
  • Critical reflections on questions of humanity, human well-being, understandings of disability, suffering, and care of those with disabilities, with emphasis on cultural, religious, medical and social perspectives.

  • 4V98 Special Topics in Medical Humanities 1 to 3 sem. hrs.
  • Advanced studies in special topics involving the Medical Humanities. In some cases students will be expected to complete research or a special project.

Electives

  • ECO 4350 Economics of Health & Medical Care
  • Economic aspects of health and medical care: theory, empirical evidence, history, institutions, and public policy.

  • HED 2330 Introduction to Community Health and Health Promotion
  • Introduces students to historical and theoretical foundations of community health, major health problems prevalent in society, and the community health models and programs used to address these problems. Overviews seven competency areas of an entry-level health education specialist and their applicability in community settings. Explores career opportunities, mock interviews, and resume and cover letter writing.

  • HED 4321 Human Sexuality
  • A health education course in which basic concepts of human sexuality are analyzed and discussed. The course is designed to help students better understand the influences that affect the complex nature of human interaction and to provide accurate information needed to help develop responsible decision making skills.

  • HED 4327 Death and Dying Education
  • A program of death education designed to help people to develop constructive attitudes, values, and practices. Dynamics of later life and the aging process with special emphasis on health will also be included.

  • HED 4355 Human Diseases
  • Basic principles of pathophysiology and mechanism of diseases affecting the human body, including basic principles of epidemiology with emphasis on the causation and effects of disease on human populations.

  • PHI 3301 Moral Philosophy
  • A critical study of problems in moral judgment and evaluation, with analysis of presuppositions and justifications used in moral discourse. Problems such as freedom and determinism, relativism and absolutism, conflicts of duties and ends, grounds of moral obligation, and choices involving personal and social goals are also studied. This course will introduce students to a number of major primary sources in the history of moral philosophy.

  • PHI 4310 Philosophy of Science
  • An analysis of philosophical problems about science. Such central concepts as law, causation, induction, hypothesis, theory, verification, and models are studied. Presuppositions and methodologies of different sciences may be examined. The relation of scientific views to moral, social, and metaphysical problems is considered.

  • PHI 4360 Moral Philosophy After Anscombe
  • Major issues in contemporary ethical writings. Course may be repeated once for credit if topic varies.

  • NSC 4312/PSY 4312 Behavioral Medicine
  • Topics include the role of mind, brain, and behavior in health, disease and wellness; the history, philosophy, and current status of health care systems; physiological and behavioral analyses of stress; psychoneuroimmunology; behavioral factors in cardiovascular disease, cancer, drug abuse, and weight management.

  • PSY 3321 Abnormal Psychology
  • An introduction to historical and modern views of abnormal behavior and a survey of the field of psychological disorders. For nonmajors only.

  • REL 3345 World Religions
  • Historical, aesthetic, philosophical, anthropological, sociological, and psychological approaches to the major faith traditions of our world.

  • REL 3390 Christian Ethics
  • An introductory study of the patterns of reflection and action which characterize the Christian moral life. Attention will be given to Christian responsibility in politics, economics, family life, and other areas of human activity.

  • REL 4395 Bioethics
  • Ethical issues in the fields of health care and other life sciences. Some of the issues studied include behavior modification, abortion, euthanasia, health care delivery, human experimentation, and genetic modification. A major research project on a selected issue approved by the professor will be required of each student.

  • SOC 3330 Women in American Society
  • An examination of the sociological meaning of women's roles in comparison with men's roles in our society, along with social forces that mold the lives of women. The women's movement and changes in the legal, economic, social, educational, and political arenas as they affect women are investigated. The status of women in the context of contemporary society is explored.

  • SOC 4353 Sociology of Medicine
  • A sociological examination of health, illness, and the social organization of medical care in the United States. Consideration is given to race, class, gender, and age as factors influencing health, illness, and the delivery of medical care.