Interdisciplinary Health Humanities




Are you thinking about a career in the health professions? Gain an edge by learning to understand the complex, transdisciplinary challenges of health. This concentration also focuses on empathy, mindfulness, resilience, well-being, and compassionate research and care.

The concentration in interdisciplinary health humanities brings humanities methodologies to analyses of health and medicine in order to address challenges in health policy and health care practice and to advance understandings of the cultural formations of health, illness and the body.

The curriculum includes courses in areas such as history of medicine, bioethics, disability studies, socio-cultural aspects of health and narrative medicine. It includes critical analyses of representations of health and illness in literature and other media as well as training in narrative and structural competency for health care professionals. A capstone course, internship or applied project offers experiential or project-based learning in this field.


  • Students must complete a minimum of 18 credit hours including 12 of upper division hours for this concentration.
  • All courses must be completed with a grade of “C” (2.00) or higher.
  • A minimum 9 upper division hours must be taken in classes offered by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences for students on the Tempe campus or the School of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies in the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences on the West campus.

Interdisciplinary Health Humanities Core - 6 credit hours

ENG 203 Introduction to Health Humanities (3) (available on the Tempe and West campuses)

ENG 484 Internship (1-12) OR  ENG 499 Individualized Instruction (1-3)

Elective Courses - 12 credit hours
Some elective courses may be available only on the Tempe or the West campus.

AFR 383 Blacks in Science, Medicine and Public Health (3) (Prerequisite(s): AFR 200 (or AFS 200) or minimum 45 hours. Credit is allowed for only AFR 383 (or AFS 383) or AFS 394 (Blacks in Science, Medicine, and Public Health))

ASB 301 Global History of Health (SB & G & H) (3) (Prerequisite(s): minimum 45 hours; Credit is allowed for only ASB 301 or HST 301 or SSH 301)

ASB 305 / SSH 305 / WST 305 Poverty and Global Health ((L or SB) & G) (3) (Prerequisite(s): ENG 101, 105, 107, or 111 with C or better; Credit is allowed for only ASB 305 or SSH 305 or WST 305)

ASB 353 / SOC 353 Death and Dying in Cross-Cultural Perspective ((HU or SB) & G) (3) (Prerequisite: Minimum 45 hours; Credit is allowed for only SOC 353 or ASB 353)

ASB 355 Traditional Medicine and Healing (HU or SB) (3) (Pre-requisite(s): ASB 102, ASB 222, ASB 223 or ASM 104 or SSH 100 or ASB 100 with C or better. Credit is allowed for only SSH 355 or ASB 355)

BIO 312 / IAS 340 / PHI 320 Bioethics (HU) (3) (Prerequiste(s): minimum 45 hours. Credit is allowed for only BIO 312, IAS 340, or PHI 320)

BIO 315 / ENG 469 Science, Values, and the Public (3) (Prerequisite(s): ENG 102, 105, or 108 with C or better; Minimum 35 hours; Credit is allowed for only ENG 370 or BIO 315)

ENG 469 Science and Literature (L or HU) (3) (Prerequisite(s): ENG 200 with C or better; one ENG 200- or 300-level literature course with C or better OR minimum 45 hours)

FIS 498 Stem Cell Policy Research (3)

FOR 406 / IAS 406 / PHI 406 Moral Dilemmas (L or HU) (3) (Prerequisite(s): ENG 101 or 105 or 107 with C or better. Credit is allowed for only FOR 406 or IAS 406 or PHI 406)

HCI 313 Philosophy of Science in Health Care: Understanding Paradigms of Health and Healing (3) (Prerequisite(s): ENG 102, 105, or 108 with C or better; minimum 45 hours)

HPS 314 / PHI 314 Philosophy of Science (HU) (3) (Credit is allowed for only HPS 314 or PHI 314)

HPS 331 / BIO 318 History of Medicine (HU & H) (3) (Credit is allowed for only BIO 318 or HPS 331)

LSC 363 Genes, Race, Gender, and Society (L) (3) (Prerequisite(s): BIO 340 or LSC 347)

MED 300 Historical and Contemporary Issues in Health (L) (3) (Prerequisite(s): minimum 30 hours)

PHI 306 Applied Ethics (HU) (3)

REL 381 Religion and Moral Issues (L or HU) (3)

SOC 400 Perspectives on Aging (SB) (3)

SOC 448 Epidemics and Society (SB & G) (3)

TCL 323 Latino Health Issues (SB & C) (4)

TCL 410 Race, Medicine, and the Body (L) (3) (Prerequisite(s): ENG 101, 105 or 107 with C or better; minimum 45 hours)

WST 444 Gender, Health, and Bodies (SB) (3) (Prerequisite(s): WST 100 or 300 with C or better; Credit is allowed for only MAS 598 (Gender, Health, and Bodies) or WST 444)






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