Medical Humanities

Medical Humanities
http://hrc.rice.edu/
Herring Hall 306
713-348-4227

Kirsten Ostherr
Program Director
kostherr@rice.edu

Medical Humanities is an interdisciplinary minor that examines medicine through humanistic disciplines such as history, ethics, religion, literature, cultural anthropology, media studies, and the visual and dramatic arts. Students will learn about medical systems and practices using methodologies such as close reading, cultural comparison, historical contextualization, creative expression, and critical thinking. The field is committed to interpretive and qualitative work that explores the human dimensions of experiences of health and illness, for doctors and for patients.

The Medical Humanities minor is housed in the Humanities Research Center

Medical Humanities does not currently offer an academic program at the graduate level.

Director and Advisor

Kirsten Ostherr

Professors

Marcia Brennan
James Faubion
Eugenia Georges
Bridget Gorman
Vivian Ho
Rachel Kimbro
Anne Klein 
Kirsten Ostherr
Rebecca Richards-Kortum

Associate Professors

Deborah Harter
Moramay Lopez-Alonso

Assistant Professors

Niki Clements
Justin Denney
Zoë Wool

Professors in the Practice

Melissa Bailar
Gia Merlo

Lecturers

Jennifer Blumenthal-Barby
Beverly Mitchell
John Mulligan

Steering Committee

Melissa Bailar
Eugenia Georges
Moramay Lopez-Alonso
Kirsten Ostherr
Rebecca Richards-Kortum
Zoë Wool

For Rice University degree-granting programs:
To view the list of official course offerings, please see Rice’s Course Catalog
To view the most recent semester’s course schedule, please see Rice's Course Schedule

Description and Code Legend

Note: Internally, the university uses the following descriptions, codes, and abbreviations for this academic program. The following is a quick reference: 

Course Catalog/Schedule 

  • Course offerings/subject codes: Courses from various subjects may apply toward the minor.

Program Description and Code

  • Medical Humanities: MDHM 

Undergraduate Minor Description and Code

  • Minor in Medical Humanities: MDHM