2017-2018 Academic Catalog 
    Jun 14, 2024  
2017-2018 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Medical Humanities and Health Studies Minor

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Program Description:

The Medical Humanities and Health Studies minor promotes the study of medicine, health, and illness from a range of humanities and social science perspectives. All the liberal arts disciplines contribute to our understanding of the human experience of illness, suffering, mortality, and the role of the healer. The Medical Humanities and Health Studies minor allows students in pre-health programs, liberal arts, business, and STEM fields to complement their majors with an interdisciplinary and humanistic approach to this complex and rewarding area of study. The Medical Humanities and Health Studies minor consists of 24 credit hours: 2 core MHS courses (one in each of two core disciplines), PHL 3000 Critical Thinking, and 5 MHS electives. The two core disciplines examine topics–Ethics and Health Communication–that are fundamental to medical humanities. With the increasing complexity of health care, health care personnel require knowledge of its core commitments, common sources of ethical conflict, and defensible means of conflict resolution. They, likewise, must understand the role of language communication in patient-provider interactions, mass media, and public health policy making. PHL 3000, Critical Thinking, similarly provides essential skills for work in medical humanities and the health professions. Elective coursework is flexible, allowing students to concentrate their studies in areas of greatest interest. Twelve hours of course work that are taken to fulfill major requirements or General Education requirements may double count as MHS core or elective hours. Although it is desirable for students to take the MHS core early in their coursework, these courses are not prerequisites for further work in the program. 2 IV.

Admission Requirements:

To be admitted into the Medical Humanities and Health Studies minor, a student must:

  • have been admitted to a major subject at Wright State University
  • have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher

Student Performance:

To remain in good standing in the MHS minor, students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.

Admission Process:

Submit Major/Minor Change Request form online in WINGS Express.  (Select the “Registration and Records” menu and then the “Major/Minor Change Request” option.)

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Program Requirements:

Departmental Core Requirements: 6 Hours

Departmental Electives: 15 Hours

Students must take one course from each of the following areas:

  • Medical Humanities Electives
  • Health Studies Electives

The additional 9 elective hours may be taken from either category.  Elective courses must be drawn from the list below or other courses as approved by the program adviser.

Related Course Requirements: 3 Hours


Total: 24 Hours

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