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  Sep 21, 2017
 
2017-2018 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
  
2017-2018 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog

Medical and Health Humanities BA


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Medical and Health Humanities Major

College of Arts and Sciences
Degree BA, Medical and Health Humanities
Program Director: Amanda M. Caleb, PhD

Affiliated Faculty

Amanda M. Caleb, Associate Professor of English, BA Davidson College, MA, PhD The University of Sheffield

Joseph A. Cipriani, Professor of Occupational Therapy, BA Wilkes College; BS College Misericordia; MA Wichita State University; EdD Nova Southeastern University

Thomas Hajkowski, Associate Professor of History and Government, BA Seton Hall University; MA Villanova University, PhD Northwestern University

Susan McDonald, Assistant Professor of Social Work, BA Kings College; MSW Marywood University; PhD Fordham University

Mark Painter, Professor of Philosophy, BA Evergreen State College; MA University of North Texas; PhD University of Missouri

Brenda Pavill, Associate Professor of Nursing, BSN Wilkes University, MS Bloomsburg University, MSN College Misericordia, PhD Marywood University

Anthony Serino, Associate Professor of Biology, BS MS University of Scranton; PhD The Pennsylvania State University

Ryan Weber, Assistant Professor of Fine Arts, BA, MA Queens College - The City University of New York; PhD University of Connecticut

The Medical and Health Humanities program addresses the need to recognize the connections between disciplines that are often thought to be disparate in order to focus on the “human” and human dignity in the medical and health sciences, which involves the subjectivity of cultural, familial, philosophical, spiritual, mental, and social conditions. The Medical and Health Humanities major prepares students for careers in medicine, dentistry, physical therapy, pharmacology, healthcare ethics, public health, public policy, healthcare administration, health education, community health, patient care coordination, healthcare lobbying, medical history, medical anthropology, and medical/healthcare writing.

Program Goals and Outcomes

The program in Medical and Health Humanities helps its majors to:

  1. Understand difference in perspective of holism and reductionism in the diagnosis, narrative, and definition of wellness.
  2. Understand how non-medical disciplines contribute to the study and treatment of illness, disease, and care, including social justice, historical, literary, ethical, and philosophical perspectives.
  3. Understand how cultural perspectives impact the concept of wellness.
  4. Understand the concepts of autonomy, beneficence, non-maleficence, and justice as they relate to the preservation of human dignity and human rights.
  5. Develop strong writing skills across multiple disciplines and addressed to varied audiences.
  6. Develop strong oral communication and presentation skills.

The Medical and Health Humanities program goals are realized in the following student learning outcomes:

Program Goal 1 Outcome:

  1. Students will evaluate holism and reductionism in the diagnosis, narrative, and definition of wellness, including biomedical, narrative, and bio-psychosocial models.

Program Goal 2 Outcome:

  1. Students will compare and contrast different non-medical approaches to understanding illness, disease, and care.

Program Goal 3 Outcome:

  1. Students will assess how cultural perspectives impact concepts of wellness and health.

Program Goal 4 Outcome:

  1. Students will evaluate the application of autonomy, beneficence, non-maleficence, and justice to issues of human dignity and human rights.

Program Goal 5 Outcome:

  1. Students will demonstrate strong writing skills across multiple disciplines and addressed to varied audiences.

Program Goal 6 Outcome:

  1. Students will demonstrate the ability to communicate clearly, effectively, and compellingly.

The Medical and Health Humanities major provides students with a strong and multidisciplinary background in issues relate to medicine, health, and the humanities. The major has a large number of free electives and allows students to join the pre-Doctor of Physical Therapy program, specialize in pre-law, or pursue a double major in another humanities discipline.

General Requirements

Incoming first-year students seeking admission to the university as Medical and Health Humanities majors must meet the general and specific admissions requirements of the university as stated in this catalog. When the student does not fully meet those requirements, a personal interview is required. Continuation as a Medical and Health Humanities major requires that the student maintain a minimum 2.0 or “C” average, both in the major and in the overall grade point.

After transfer credits are applied, transfer students must complete all of the remaining Medical and Health Humanities requirement as listed.

Recommendations

Students in the Medical and Health Humanities major must complete the following requirements; the total number of credits, including University Core Curriculum Requirements and Electives, required for graduation with the Medical and Health Humanities major is 122:

Introductory Level:


English majors will be required to take 9 credits (3 courses) at the introductory level. Six (6) of these 9 credits will be completed as part of each major’s fulfilling the University’s Core Curriculum; English majors should take University Writing Seminar in a discipline other than English:

Required Core Class:


Note:


Students will be required to complete MHH 201 Introduction to Medical and Health Humanities  before taking any of the other MHH-designated courses; students will be advised to complete MHH 201 Introduction to Medical and Health Humanities  before taking (or concurrent with) ENG 305 Literature and Medicine , HIS 342 History of Medicine and Health , PHL 310 Medical Ethics , and PHL 315 Philosophy of Medicine .

Note:


Students may count the following courses as electives if they are not taken as a required course and with the program director’s approval:

Additional electives may be counted toward the degree requirements; please consult with the program director to verify if a course counts toward the major. Electives for the Medical and Health Humanities major may not count toward core curriculum requirements.

In unusual situations, the Medical and Health Humanities program director may approve changes in specific course requirements. Final approval for transfer credits in Medical and Health Humanities or approval of off-campus courses in Medical and Health Humanities rests with the program director.

Sequence of Required Courses


First Year


First Semester


Total Credits 15

Second Semester


Total Credits 15

Second Year


First Semester


Total Credits 16

Second Semester


Total Credits 16

Third Year


First Semester


  • SCI core  3-4 credits
  • MHH elective 3 credits
  • Free elective 3 credits
  • Free elective 3 credits
Total Credits 15-16

Second Semester


Total Credits 15

Fourth Year


First Semester


  • MHH elective 3 credits
  • Free elective 3 credits
  • Free elective 3 credits
  • Free elective 3 credits
Total Credits 15

Second Semester


  • Core  3 credits
  • MHH elective 3 credits
  • Free elective 3 credits
  • Free elective 3 credits
  • Free elective 3 credits
Total Credits 15

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