Certificate in Medical Humanities

The Medical Humanities is an interdisciplinary area that has been growing in significance and popularity in both undergraduate and medical school education. As explained on the NYU database for medical humanities, founded in 1993, the medical “humanities and arts provide insight into the human condition, suffering, personhood, and our responsibility to each other. They also offer a historical perspective on healthcare. Attention to literature and the arts helps to develop and nurture skills of observation, analysis, empathy, and self-reflection -- skills that are essential for humane healthcare. The social sciences help us to understand how bioscience and medicine take place within cultural and social contexts and how culture interacts with the individual experience of illness."

The Center's Master of Arts Program in Bioethics has employed an interdisciplinary approach since its founding in 1989. The undergraduate Certificate in Medical Humanities, currently in development, is a natural outgrowth of the Center's educational experience and the relationships the Center has cultivated across the University. Although the Certificate in Medical Humanities will not enroll students before Fall of 2018, undergraduates who are interested in the medical humanities should contact bioethics@pitt.edu to express their interest and gain more information.