Medical Humanities Program

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Welcome to the Medical Humanities Program

Students in the medical humanities program at Rice study the social, cultural, ethical, and historical dimensions of how doctors, patients, and communities understand the lived experience of health and disease.

At Rice, our researchers and students examine how religion shapes people's understanding of illness, how people think about death and how they think about what kinds of care they would want at the end of their lives. We explore aspects of history and race, and how the legacy of harm to underrepresented groups results in continued health disparities today. We look at the ways that social media, technologies like artificial intelligence, and big data analytics are changing how physicians and patients relate to and communicate with one another. We look at how this influences not just physician-patient communication, but also how people think about where health care happens, what it looks like, and the role that human beings play in it.

Last updated Oct 2020

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We hold a distinctive place at Rice as a school with a genuinely global expertise, engagement that reaches from ancient times to the future, and scholarly inquiry and commitment to real justice. The h ... Read More

We hold a distinctive place at Rice as a school with a genuinely global expertise, engagement that reaches from ancient times to the future, and scholarly inquiry and commitment to real justice. The humanities are usually understood as a set of academic disciplines that seek to examine and interpret the human experience — that of individuals as well as entire cultures. The Humanities at Rice engage in the discovery, preservation, and communication of the past and present in order to more deeply understand contemporary society while fostering the imagination of a new future. Yet, we also live and thrive in new spaces beyond the disciplines in our collaborative and interdisciplinary centers, programs and minors, which form the foundation for the more fully integrated and "connective humanities" we seek to expand. Read less