Medical Humanities Minor

Medical Humanities Minor

The medical humanities minor seeks to provide students who have academic interests in the health sciences with an enriched curriculum which addresses the non-scientific aspects of professional health care training. The core courses from history/English, art history and philosophy cultivate competencies in observation, analysis, empathy and self-reflection essential for humane medical care. The elective courses, drawn from a wide variety of scholarly fields in the humanities, illuminate the social and cultural contexts that frame understandings and experiences of health and illness.

The minor in medical humanities consists of 18 credits in courses that address the nonscientific aspects of professional health care training. To achieve the minor, students must complete the courses detailed in the VCU Bulletin.

Medical humanities minor students who take a substitute course (i.e., a course approved for credit, which is not a regular medical humanities course), must contact the MHU adviser in order to have a Substitution Form completed. These forms will only be processed one time near the beginning and one time near  the end of every regular semester (so roughly in mid-January, mid-May, mid- August and early December). If you are graduating and need for your Degreeworks a necessary substitution for the minor, please email the MHU adviser so it can be requested from Office of Student Services as soon as possible (but at least one month before your graduation application is due).

Students interested in adding the medical humanities minor should complete the VCU Change of Minor form.  Please remember that students who add the medical humanities minor are required to meet with the MHU adviser in person for advising within 60 days of adding the minor.

For assistance with the medical humanities minor, please contact the MHU adviser, Ryan O’Hallahan ( You may also contact STS associate director, Dr. Kathryn Shively (, or STS director, Dr. Karen Rader (, for more information.

View courses for the medical humanities minor for summer and fall 2019.