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What is Medical Humanities?

At Boston College, Medical Humanities is an interdisciplinary, humanistic and cultural study of illness, health, health care, and the body. Students choose courses from a range of departments in Arts and Sciences, from the social sciences and the humanities as well as the natural sciences. Throughout, the minor draws from Boston College’s commitment to social justice, ethics, and care for the whole person.

Who should minor in Medical Humanities?

Current minors are planning careers in medicine, health care policy or law, psychology, public/global health, social work, patient advocacy, or health journalism. Other minors, undecided about career path, are interested in learning more about bioethics, the history of health practices, or the narrative contexts for current (and at times competing) ideas about illness and the body.

How can I learn more?

Email the director, Amy Boesky, at boesky@bc.edu, or the Graduate Assistant, rachel.ernst@bc.edu to set up an appointment.


Student Profile

Christopher Kabacinski

My name is Christopher Kabacinski, and I am a junior English major. When I arrived at Boston College, I was certain of only one thing: I wanted to study English. The coursework I completed during my freshmen year confirmed this, but I sought something more than literature and literary theory. Medicine and public health had always interested me, and I stumbled across the Medical Humanities, Health, and Culture minor, which offered to unite my two interests.  

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