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About Medical Humanities at LVC

Employers and graduate programs are increasingly placing a premium on people who combine a strong foundation in science with the soft skills of research, analysis, and communication. In LVC's medical humanities major, you'll learn the fundamentals of the liberal arts from natural sciences to languages (English or Spanish).

Medical humanities majors will have the flexibility to double major or minor in several disciplines, study abroad, or develop a personal interest.

The program can also serve as a second major for high-achieving, pre-med students. Adding a medical humanities major will help to make you more competitive for admission to medical school or other health professions graduate programs. You'll be ready to bridge the gap between provider and patient, and between fundamental scientific knowledge and culture, to promote a holistic engagement for the increasingly diverse communities in their use of the healthcare system. Those who take the optional suite of classes in Spanish will develop the language skills to help meet the demands of a growing Spanish-speaking population.

The program’s mission is to challenge students to recognize the connection between social problems and medicine. We seek to empower our graduates to understand healthcare in its social context, meet patients in their cultural context, and contribute to improving healthcare in our civic context.

Our Faculty

Medical humanities courses are taught by full-time faculty. The program is interdisciplinary, with faculty conducting research in the field. Your advisors have many years of experience helping you decide on a career or professional school path.

Outcomes

Graduates who want to enter the workforce rather than attend graduate school will begin and succeed in various careers in healthcare, a rapidly growing and diversifying industry. A medical humanities degree can help prepare students for careers as varied as technical writing or management, from public policy to sales of scientific equipment. Throughout the U.S., medical humanities graduates work as health educators, patient advocates, occupational health and safety specialists and technicians, educational support staff and specialists, science writers, lawyers working in healthcare, medical and health services managers, lab technicians, medical sales representatives, and health information specialists. This is an excellent way to begin your career (or build toward a graduate degree such as law or public health).

Whether you plan to join the workforce or attend a medical or health professions graduate program after earning your medical humanities degree, our faculty will support, encourage, and guide you from your very first class on campus. We take great pride in graduating majors who help improve our country’s healthcare system and support their patients or clients along the way.