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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?

E-mail the director, Amy Boesky, at, or the Graduate Assistant, Colleen Taylor, at to set up an appointment.

Student Profile

Drew Davis

My name is Drew Davis and I am a senior English major, Medical Humanities, Health, and Culture minor with a pre-medical concentration. When I arrived at Boston College I was torn between my passion for English and a desire to work in medicine. I was introduced to the Medical Humanities minor by a friend and decided to take the Introduction to Medical Humanities course. I found the class fascinating and it felt like the perfect intersection of two things I loved: artistic expression and the realm of healthcare.

Class of 2018 Student Profiles

Archived Student Profiles

The Impact of Pollutionon Planetary Health: Emergence of an Underappreciated Risk Factor

Philip Landrigan, MD, MSc, FAAP, DIH

Thursday, October 12, 2017
7:00 p.m.
Gasson Hall, Room 100


Rural Medicine: A South African Perspective

Sally and Karl le Roux

Thursday, October 26, 2017
7:00 p.m.
Devlin Hall, Room 101


Food and Climate Change: A Conversation with Michael Pollan hosted by Juliet Schor

Michael Pollan

Thursday, November 2, 2017
7:00 p.m.
Gasson Hall, Room 100


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