The health humanities is a …field concerned with understanding the human condition of health and illness in order to create knowledgeable and sensitive health care providers, patients, and family caregivers. As a field the health humanities draws on the methodologies of the humanities, fine arts and social sciences to provide insight, understanding, and meaning to people facing illness including professional care providers, lay care providers, patients, policy-makers and others concerned with the suffering of humans (p. 3)
Definition from Klugman, Craig M., and Erin Gentry Lamb. 2019. “Introduction: Raising Health Humanities.” In Research Methods in Health Humanities, edited by Craig M. Klugman and Erin Gentry Lamb, 1-11. New York: Oxford University Press.
Additional definitions can be found on the Health Humanities Consortium page. Health Humanities Consortium. “Defining Health/Medical Humanities” HHC Curricular Toolkit. https://healthhumanitiesconsortium.com/publications/hhc-toolkit/. August 2021.
The Medical Humanities Council oversees arts and humanities programming and development within PSOM. We hold community discussions, host speakers, and showcase student & faculty work throughout the year. We also partner with organizations both within and outside of PSOM to promote the humanities in medicine.