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.

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Nonprofit Started by Baylor Alumna Wins International Humanitarian Award
[7/24/2018]
The nonprofit organization Mothers on the Move, founded by Arts & Sciences alumna Jolene Damoiseaux (BS '14), has won the Albert Schweitzer Prize Audience Award from the Nederlands Albert Schweitzer Fund, which provides money for local health projects in Africa. Damoiseaux started Mothers on the Move as a Baylor senior to provide expectant mothers in Western Kenya with free transportation to a health center to safely give birth.
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New Baylor Certificate Program Aims to Increase Spanish Proficiency Among Future Healthcare Professionals
[5/1/2018]
The new Certificate in Spanish for Healthcare Professions program in the Baylor University College of Arts & Sciences gives future healthcare professionals the opportunity to learn medical Spanish and become more familiar with Hispanic culture. This knowledge will allow them to better communicate and empathize with the Hispanic patients they will serve.
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Medical Humanities Program prepares future healthcare professionals
[3/1/2018]
Baccalaureate programs in medical humanities are rapidly growing in popularity across the United States. With 613 currently enrolled students, the Medical Humanities program at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) is one of the largest undergraduate degree programs of its kind in the nation.
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Addison Tenorio accepted into PhD. program at SLU
[1/31/2018]

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Prescription for Compassion
[1/19/2018]
Baylor partners with Waco's Family Health Center to address health concerns for area residents.
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Baylor Arts & Sciences Magazine, Spring 2017
[4/27/2017]
The Spring 2017 issue of Baylor Arts & Sciences magazine provides a comprehensive look at Baylor's award-winning journalism, public relations and new media program. Other articles include a feature on A&S faculty and staff members who use alternative means of commuting to campus, a look at the growing popularity of standing desks on campus, and updates on former A&S deans John Belew, William Cooper and Wallace Daniel.
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Baylor announces Hillis Scholars for 2016-2017
[11/16/2016]
The Baylor University College of Arts & Sciences has announced a group of 15 students named to the William Hillis Scholars in Biomedical Sciences Program for 2016-2017.
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Married to Medical School and Each Other
[11/9/2015]
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.
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Giving Back
[11/4/2015]
“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.
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Dr. Eric Cassell Receives 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award in Medical Humanities from Baylor’s Medical Humanities Program
[9/28/2015]
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.
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Healing the Least of These
[5/20/2015]
Enhanced by a new partnership with Baylor College of Medicine, faculty and students at Baylor University are helping to fight tropical diseases that endanger millions of the world's poor.
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Fall 2014 MH Heartbeat
[11/24/2014]
Our newsletter, updated each semester...
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Baylor Arts & Sciences magazine Fall 2014
[11/10/2014]
The fall 2014 issue of Baylor Arts & Sciences, the official magazine of the College of Arts & Sciences, is available online. It features articles including "Moving Picture," the story of a Baylor alumnus who traveled across Europe searching for the young war refugee included in a news photo; a look at the work Baylor environmental scientists are doing to make the world a better place; and a first person account of the first year living in Baylor's Hallie Earle Hall.
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Destination: El Salvador
[7/1/2014]
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
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Faith and Healthcare Merge at the 15th Annual Medical Humanities Retreat
[4/11/2014]
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.
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Arts and Sciences Join Forces
[3/24/2014]
A collaboration between the art department and the science department has brought life to the walls of the Baylor Science Building.
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New student art in the Baylor Sciences Building is the fruit of interdisciplinary collaboration
[3/24/2014]
For the first time since the building opened in 2004, artwork is on public display in the Baylor Science Building. There are now six new pieces of student art displayed on the BSB’s second floor landing -- made possible by professors in art and biology working together with students.
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Medical Humanities Students Bring Visual and Healing Arts to Life with Quilt
[9/22/2014]
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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Medical Humanities Book Drive Benefits Local Health Care Clinic
[12/16/2013]
Students in Baylor's medical humanities program held a successful Christmas book drive on campus that will place books in the hands of children visiting a local health care clinic.
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