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

Student Profile

Russell Simon

My name is Russell Simons and I am a junior biology major and pre-medical student minoring in Medical Humanities, Health, and Culture. When I came to Boston College there were two things I was absolutely sure of: I wanted to study biology and I wanted to be a doctor. The Medical Humanities minor has helped me visualize my future in a new and even more exciting way—one focused on the humanism of medicine.

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Archived Student Profiles

Still Alzheimer's
Massachusetts General Hospital
Wednesday, October 7
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
O'Keeffe Auditorium

The First Annual Boston College-Harvard Collaboration on Medical Humanities
Thursday, October 8
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Walsh Function room

Psychology and the Other: Conference 2015
October 9-11, 2015
Cambridge, MA
Conference Flyer

Internship Panel
Thursday, November 5
7:00-8:30 p.m. Stokes 113S

Pre-Registration Meeting
Tuesday, November 10
5:00-6:00 p.m. Gasson 305

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