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Medical Humanities, Bachelor of Arts

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Why choose Medical Humanities ?

Medical humanities has grown as a new field of study over the last decade as those in medical fields recognize the need for doctors, nurses, medical technicians, and others in health-related fields to possess a more sympathetic view of health, illness, suffering, and death to more effectively and empathetically treat patients and clients.  Medical humanities programs are housed in colleges of medicine and liberal arts alike, offering majors, minors, and certificates to meet this need.

As both a liberal arts and a Catholic institution, we are well-placed to offer this degree that emphasizes and respects the importance of the human person in matters of health. As an interdisciplinary curriculum, this program is committed to an innovative educational approach through project-based learning, service learning opportunities, and experiential internships.

The medical humanities program focuses on preparing students mainly for health-related fields but offers a choice of tracks for further specialization:

1. The Pre-Med track prepares students for medical school and provides the minimum science and math courses needed to succeed on the MCAT.  Alternatively, this track prepares students for other graduate medical fields.

2. The Health and Humanities track supports careers and/or graduate work in other fields, such as psychology, social work, public health policy and education, medical writing, occupational therapies, and other health-related fields. Students who choose this track will have more opportunities for courses in minors that will help to focus their ultimate career goals.

This program is currently only available at University Campus.

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What can you do with a degree in medical humanities?

  • Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Pharmacy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Art Therapy
  • Nursing
  • Physician's assistant
  • Law
  • Health Education
  • Medical Writing
  • Healthcare Management
  • Public health
  • Wellness program director
  • Pharmaceutical representative
  • Patient care coordinator
  • Patient advocate

Professional development opportunities.

  • Research: Students have the opportunity to assist a faculty member with research or complete their own research project to fulfill an elective course requirement within the major. 
  • Internships: Campus students may (but are not required to) pursue internship opportunities to fulfill an elective course requirement within the major. Saint Leo maintains a strong reputation with many internship sites. Students may find opportunities with Pasco Hernando Gulfside Hospice, Sunrise of Pasco County, Metropolitan Ministries, Florida Blue, BayCare, and Moffitt Cancer Center, among others.
  • Conferences: Students may (but are not required to) pursue opportunities to present their research at regional and national conferences in a variety of subject areas depending on the student’s area of focus. 
  • Co-curricular activities: Participate in the Medical Humanities Film Series, Speaker Series, and art exhibitions. Students may also intern with and/or submit work to the in-house online Medical Humanities Review, which features fiction, poetry, art, and nonfiction relating to the field.

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