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Bachelor's Degree in Medical Humanities - Health Humanities

Why Earn Your Bachelor's in Medical Humanities - Health Humanities Degree at Saint Leo University?

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 colleges of 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. To support the interdisciplinary of the degree, the major is housed in the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies.

The Medical Humanities major is designed to prepare students to succeed in diverse health-related fields and/or graduate study. The interdisciplinary degree integrates the humanities with science-focused education, emphasizing disciplines such as philosophy, the arts, literature, history, and the social sciences for a more empathetic and holistic understanding of health and illness. The interdisciplinary of the degree allows students to create their own focus of study. In each path of study, students will analyze issues of health, wellness, and illness through an interdisciplinary lens and explore the historical, philosophical, artistic, and religious/spiritual backgrounds of the medical sciences. Additionally, students will synthesize the ethical and social features of health, illness, and medicine.

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Bachelor's in Medical Humanities - Health Humanities Program Details

In addition to University Explorations courses, all students majoring in the Medical Humanities will take a 21-semester hour core. This concentration allows students to focus their studies more deeply in the humanities with the Health Humanities track consisting of 18-semester hour credits. This option provides flexibility to students to craft a curriculum that fits their interests while still providing essential instruction in the Medical Humanities. Additionally, students must take enough general elective credit hours to fulfill total hours required for degree completion in addition to the completion of University Exploration courses. Prerequisite courses will also be taken as needed.

Career Opportunities

The Medical Humanities major focuses on preparing students mainly for health-related fields, but offers students a choice of tracks for further specialization.  The Health Humanities track supports careers and/or graduate work in other fields such as psychology, social work, public health policy and education, medical writing and illustration, occupational therapies, and an array of additional health-related fields. As this track will require less major coursework than the Pre-Med track, students in this track will have more opportunities for minors that will help to focus their ultimate career goals.

Career paths can include:


  • Social Work
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Psychology
  • Law
  • Healthcare Management
  • Public Health Policy & Education
  • Medical Writing & Illustration


Saint Leo University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, bachelor’s, master’s, specialist, and doctoral degrees.