Medical Humanities an Health Science

About the medical humanities and health studies major

The medical humanities and health studies major prepares you to understand the broader role and determinants of health and medicine in today’s world. Humanities courses raise questions of how human beings deal with health, medical intervention, illness, and death. You'll gain insight into the social, economic, and cultural contexts of health, illness, and health care. This degree will prepare you for a wide array of career paths.

Skills and abilities this major develops: effective communication, health care knowledge, public speaking, research, and problem solving (IU School of Liberal Arts, 2017).

Quick facts

Sample coursework

  • Anthropology of aging
  • Applied health care ethics
  • Health communication
  • Health economics
  • History of medicine and public health
  • Perspectives on health, disease, and healing
  • Sociology of death and dying

Possible careers

  • Medical scribe
  • Medical sales
  • Nurse*
  • Physician assistant*
  • Public health educator
  • Rehabilitation counselor*
  • Wellness program director

*These careers require additional training or education.

Where could I work?

  • Community health centers
  • Eskenazi Health
  • IU Health
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Nursing and residential care facilities
  • Offices of physicians

Arts, Humanities, and Human Services Cluster

This major is part of the Arts, Humanities, and Human Services (AHHS) cluster. The AHHS cluster is the academic home of University College students pursuing majors in art and design, education, general studies, journalism, liberal arts, and social work. The AHHS cluster partners with students on their academic advising and career plans to guide them into their degree-granting schools. 

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