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Medical and Health Humanities Studies Minor


Why Minor in Medical Health and Humanities?

Studies show that health professionals who studied premedical humanities perform better in clinical interactions and are more likely to demonstrate empathy, skillful communication, and a patient-centered approach. Studies also suggest that medical and health humanities will prepare you for critical and creative thinking, identification of internal biases, and ethical reasoning in decision-making processes. 

MHHS is especially helpful if you are a premedical student, a student interested in other health professions (pre-PA, pre-PT, pre-OT, nursing), or a student with broad interests in the humanities. 

MHHS offers a variety of courses in the history of medicine, literature and illness, cultural and political approaches to health and illness, medical narratives, graphic medicine, the arts and the human body, bioethics, and creative expressions of health and illness. 

MHHS builds on your interests in diversity and social equity, and brings our faculty’s unique strengths in humanities research to medical and health issues.

How to Minor in Medical Health and Humanities Studies

The Medical and Health Humanities Studies minor (MHHS) is only five additional courses (20 additional units).

Enrolling in MHHS is easy:

1. First, consult with your undergraduate advisor to make a study plan. 

2. Next, you'll complete five courses: 

  • Introduction to Medical and Health Humanities (MHHS 001) taught by MHHS faculty
  • Three courses of your choice, based on your interests and offered from the many cross-listed courses from participating departments
  • A research seminar (MHHS 100) taught by MHHS faculty


Contact Anthropology Professor Juliet McMullin at or (951) 827-9250.

See a list of MHHS faculty