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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.

Application Procedures

The Medical Humanities minor requires an application and approval by the committee to enroll. Applications are read in March and October each year; the minor is not open to students beyond October of the junior year.

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

Matthew Mannella

My name is Liza Magill and I am a rising junior International Studies major with a minor in Medical Humanities. I joined the Medical Humanities program my freshman year because I was interested in the science classes at BC, but I also wanted to know why science and medical care do not directly correlate to health outcomes—how disparities and social vulnerabilities impact health around the world. Through the minor I have taken classes in global health and ethics to directly explore these themes and learn more about health in a global context.

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Archived Student Profiles

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