Medical Humanities

The Medical Humanities provide an interdisciplinary and interprofessional approach to investigating and understanding the profound effects of illness and disease on patients, health professionals, and the social worlds in which they live and work. In contrast to the medical sciences, the medical humanities – which include narrative medicine, history of medicine, culture studies, science and technology studies, medical anthropology, ethics, economics, philosophy and the arts (literature, film, visual art) – focus more on meaning making than measurement. This cross-disciplinary area of activity engages healthcare professionals and students across the campus (in medicine, basic science, and social sciences and humanities) to offer elective courses, supervision for independent elective study, public talks, publishing scholarship, and public outreach.

The Department is home to a University of California Multi-Campus Research Program grant that established the UC Medical Humanities Consortium in collaboration with programs at UC Berkeley, UC Davis, and UC Irvine. The Department is also home to the Center for Humanities and Health Sciences.

These endeavors collaboratively fund a pioneering and successful publication series established through the UC Medical Humanities Press called “Perspectives in Medical Humanities,” which since 2011 has published over a dozen monographs and edited books in medical history, anthropology, poetry, and literary studies.

More information is maintained on the UCSF Medical Humanities website.

Last modified: March 20, 2014