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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, or the Graduate Assistant, to set up an appointment.

Student Profile

Rachel Broderick

My name is Rachel Broderick and I am a senior majoring in Biology and minoring in Medical Humanities, Health, and Culture. I am drawn to the medical field for the passion, dedication, and knowledge that is required to become a doctor, as well as the importance of patient-doctor interactions. I chose to pursue the Medical Humanities minor because of the latter; I have always been interested in the incorporation of empathy and compassion into patient-doctor relationships.

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