On this page, you will find resources for research in medical humanities beyond UNC at Chapel Hill. The academic programs, publications, and organizations listed here share a common interest in the cultural, political, legal, and economic factors that condition medical knowledge and practice. Taken together, they contribute to the developing energy on campuses across the United States for bringing the resources of the humanities to bear on science and medicine.

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American Association for the History of Medicine

The AAHM “is a professional association of historians, physicians, nurses, archivists, curators, librarians, and others. The AAHM promotes and encourages research, study, writing, and interest in the history of medicine including the history of public health, dentistry, pharmacy, nursing and allied arts, sciences, and professions.”

American Society for Bioethics and Humanities

“The purpose of ASBH is to promote the exchange of ideas and foster multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary, and interprofessional scholarship, research, teaching, policy development, professional development, and collegiality among people engaged in all the endeavors related to clinical and academic bioethics and the health-related humanities.”

American Society of Law, Medicine, and Ethics

The Center for Digital Health Humanities works as an aggregator of all major activities, events, projects, research and key players dealing with the impact that new technologies have on health. Its multidisciplinary approach focuses on the most relevant dimensions of this impact: therapeutic, social, economic, psychological, and communicational”

– Center for Digital Health Humanities

“With roots extending back to 1911, ASLME is a nonprofit educational organization. Our mission is to provide high-quality scholarship, debate, and critical thought for professionals at the intersection of law, medicine, and ethics. Our members come together to examine big health questions with far-reaching social ramifications . like genetic testing and research, medical record privacy, end-of-life decisions, and the dynamics of informed consent.”

– European Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts

The Health Humanities Consortium promotes health humanities scholarship, education, and practices through interdisciplinary methods and theories that focus on the intersection of the arts and humanities, health, illness, and healthcare.”

– Health Humanities Consortium

The International Health Humanities Network provides a global platform for innovative humanities scholars, medical, health and social care professionals, voluntary sector workers and creative practitioners to join forces with informal and family carers, service-users and the wider self-caring public to explore, celebrate and develop new approaches in advancing health and wellbeing through the arts and humanities in hospitals, residential and community settings.”

– International Health Humanities Network

Literature & Medicine: Humanities, Health, & Healthcare discussion series are multi-session discussion series that explore issues central to caring for people, whether they are well, sick, or dying. These projects use literature, journalism, or other sources of humanities content such as film or theater to stimulate discussions on various health issues, such as advanced and chronic illnesses, mental illness, aging in a youth-obsessed world, issues around death and dying, rights of self-determination, wellness, and other relevant health topics in American society.”

– Mass Humanities: Literature & Medicine

“SLSAeu is the sister organisation of the international, USA-based Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts. It welcomes colleagues in the humanities, the social sciences, the arts, all fields of science, medicine, engineering, computer sciences as well as independent scholars, artists and scientists.”

Medical History Society of New Jersey

“The Medical History Society of New Jersey was founded on May 7, 1980, largely through the efforts of Dr. Morris H. Saffron (1905-1993), noted medical historian and practicing dermatologist. Our goal is to promote interest, research, and writing in medical history, and we are dedicated to the discussion and enjoyment of the history of medicine and allied fields.”

The Society for Medical Anthropology

“One of the largest sections of the American Anthropological Association, we serve medical anthropology graduate students, practicing anthropologists, scholars, and scholar activists who address issues of local, national and international health importance. It is the hub of an active research community and a storehouse for information supporting the endeavors of medical anthropologists and their colleagues in allied social science fields.”


The Literature, Arts, & Medicine Database

Literature, Medicine, Medical Humanities: An MLA Commons site


Bulletin of the History of Medicine

“The Bulletin spans the social, cultural, and scientific aspects of the history of medicine worldwide. Every issue includes reviews of recent books on medical history. Bulletin of the History of Medicine is the official publication of the American Association for the History of Medicine (AAHM) and the Johns Hopkins Institute of the History of Medicine.”

Hastings Center Report

“Explores the ethical, legal, and social issues in medicine, health care, public health, and the life sciences. Six issues are published each year, containing an assortment of essays, columns on legal and policy developments, case studies of issues in clinical care and institutional administration, caregivers’ stories, peer-reviewed scholarly articles, and book reviews.”

International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics

IJFAB is the leading forum in bioethics for feminist thought and debate. IJFAB welcomes feminist scholarship from any discipline on ethical issues related to health, health care, and the biomedical sciences, or to the social, economic, and environmental determinants of health.”

The Intima: A Journal of Narrative Medicine

“A literary journal dedicated to promoting the theory and practice of Narrative Medicine, an interdisciplinary field that enhances healthcare through the effective communication and understanding between caregivers and patients.”

Journal of Medical Humanities

“Publishes original interdisciplinary studies of medicine and medical education. Research findings emerge from three areas of investigation: medical humanities, cultural studies, and pedagogy.”

The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy

“The flagship scholarly journal in bioethics and the philosophy of medicine. Its contributors and focus are international, addressing bioethical concerns across the world. Significant attention has been given to bioethics and foundational issues in health care policy in North and South America, Europe, and Asia. The journal’s concerns range from clinical bioethics to studies in the philosophy of medicine such as explorations of the nature of concepts of health and disease, as well as the character of medical explanation.”

Journal of Sex Research 

“JSR is a scholarly journal devoted to the publication of articles relevant to the variety of disciplines involved in the scientific study of sexuality. JSR is designed to stimulate research and promote an interdisciplinary understanding of the diverse topics in contemporary sexual science.”

Linguistics and the Human Sciences

“This journal is devoted to the exploration of how understanding about language – our principal meaning making semiotic system – helps us understand about other phenomena in human experience, and vice versa. It aims to explore the relationships between linguistics and such areas of scholarly concern as history, sociology, politics, archaeology, religious studies, translation and the study of art in various semiotic modalities, in so much as these enterprises draw upon or contribute to a catholic understanding and development linguistics.”

Literature and Medicine

“A peer-reviewed journal publishing scholarship that explores representational and cultural practices concerning health care and the body. Areas of interest include disease, illness, health, and disability; violence, trauma, and power relations; and the cultures of biomedical science and technology and of the clinic, as these are represented and interpreted in verbal, visual, and material texts.”

Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics: A Journal of Qualitative Research

NIB provides a forum for exploring current issues in bioethics through the publication and analysis of personal stories, qualitative and mixed-methods research articles, and case studies. Articles may address the experiences of patients and research participants as well as health care workers and researchers. NIB is dedicated to fostering a deeper understanding of bioethical issues by engaging rich descriptions of complex human experiences.”

Technical Communication Quarterly

TCQ publishes research focused on technical communication in academic, scientific, technical, business, governmental, and related organizational or social contexts.”


Degree-Granting Programs

Undergraduates Programs (and beyond):

Appalachian State University: Medical Humanities Minor

Baylor University: BA in Medical Humanities

Belloit College: Major/Minor in Health & Society

Benedictine University: Medical Humanities Interdisciplinary Major

Boston College: Medical Humanities, Health and Culture Minor

Bryn Mawr College: Health Studies Minor

Coastal Carolina University: Medical Humanities Minor

Columbia University: Undergraduate Major Track in Medicine, Literature, and Society (MLS); M.S. in Narrative Medicine

Davidson College: Medical Humanities Interdisciplinary Minor

Elmhurst College: Medical Humanities Minor

Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College: Undergraduate Honors concentration in Medical Humanities

Hiram: Major/Minor in Biomedical Humanities

Indiana University: Major/Minor, Certificate, MA Program, and PhD Program in History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine

IUPUI: Major/Minor and Graduate Certificate in Medical Humanities & Health Studies

Johns Hopkins: Undergraduate major and minor in the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology; PhD degree in History of Science and Technology; PhD degree in History of Medicine

Lafayette College: Health Care and Society Minor

Lawrence University: Biomedical Ethics Minor

Lehigh University: Major/Minor in Health, Medicine and Society

Misericordia University: B.A. in Medical and Health Humanities; Minor in Medical and Health Humanities

New York Institute of Technology: Medical Humanities Minor

Northwestern University Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences: Undergraduate major/minor in Science in Human Culture; Graduate program in Science in Human Culture; Post-graduate program in Science in Human Culture

Nova Southeastern University: Medical Humanities Minor

Ohio Northern University: Medical Humanities Minor

Ohio State University: Medical Humanities Minor

Oregon State University: Undergraduate Medical Humanities Certificate

Rice University: Medical Humanities Minor

Saint Louis University: Medical Humanities Minor Program

Schreiner University: Medical Humanities Minor

Southern Methodist University: Major in Health and Society

Vanderbilt University: Undergraduate Major/minor in Medicine, Health, and Society; MA in the Social Foundations of Health; Graduate Certificate in Medicine, Health, and Society

Virginia Commonwealth University: Undergraduate Minor in Medical Humanities

Virginia Tech: Undergraduate minor in Humanities, Science, and Technology; Masters/PhD in Science and Technology Studies

University of Alabama: Philosophy and Medicine Specialization/minor (B.A.)

University of Cincinnati: Medicine, Health and Society Major

University of Colorado: Undergraduate minor in Health Humanities; Masters degree in Anthropology of Health and the Environment Arts and Humanities in Healthcare

University of Delaware: Medical Humanities Minor

University of Houston Honors College: Medicine and Society Minor

University of Iowa: Health and Human Condition Minor

University of Massachusetts Boston: Science, Medicine and Society Minor

University of Michigan: Undergraduate minor in Culture, Health, and Medicine

University of Nebraska-Lincoln: Humanities in Medicine Minor

– University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill: M.A. in Literature, Medicine, and Culture

University of Oklahoma: Medical Humanities Scholars Program (sequential BA-MD); Medical Humanities Minor

University of Pennsylvania: Health and Societies Major

University of Richmond: Major/minor in Healthcare Studies

University of South Carolina: Medical Humanities Minor

University of Washington: Bioethics and Humanities Minor; MA Program in Bioethics and Humanities

Western Michigan University: Medical Humanities Interdisciplinary Minor

West Virginia University: Medical Humanities and Health Studies Minor

Graduate-level Programs Only:

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine (Bioethics MA Concentration) in Medicine, Society and Culture

Drew University Caspersen School of Graduate Studies: Certificate, Masters and Doctorate level degrees in Medical Humanities

Duke University: MD/MALS through The Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities, & History of Medicine

George Washington University: The Medical Humanities Track in the School of Medicine and Health Sciences

Medical College of Wisconsin: Master of Arts in Bioethics through the Center Bioethics and Medical Humanities

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine MA in Medical Humanities and Bioethics Program

Stanford School of Medicine: Concentration in Biomedical Ethics and Medical Humanities for current medical students

Stony Brook University: Joint MD/MA degree in Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care and Bioethics

University of California, San Francisco: PhD and MD/PhD in Medical Anthropology; MA, PhD and MD/PhD in History of Health Sciences (Also, UCSF Medical Humanities Program)

University of Louisville: Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Bioethics and Medical Humanities

University of Nebraska Medical Center: Medical Humanities and Arts Track

University of Nevada School of Medicine: Scholarly Concentration In Narrative Medicine

University of South Florida College of Medicine: Masters Program in Bioethics & Medical Humanities

University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston: Medical Humanities Graduate Program (MA and PhD)

Non-Degree Granting Programs

Michigan State University: The Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences

– The Penn State College of Medicine: Department of Humanities, undergraduate medical curriculum includes coursework in the humanities

– Rutgers New Jersey Medical School: Humanism Fellows Program through The Healthcare Foundation Center for Humanism and Medicine

University of Arizona’s College of Medicine: The Medical Humanities Program

University of California, Irvine School of Medicine: Offer MD students “distinction in humanities,” Medical Arts and Humanities Award, and UC Medical Humanities Research Award through Program in Medical Humanities & Arts

University of Missouri-Kansas: The Sirridge Office of Medical Humanities

University of Southern California at Dornsife: Medical Humanities Program

University of Virginia: The (undergraduate) Hook Scholars Program in Humanities and Ethics

Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis: Program for Humanities in Medicine

Yale University: The Franke Program in Science and the Humanities

Health Sciences Library

The Health Sciences Library (HSL) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

North Carolina History of Health Digital Collection and The Medical Heritage Library (MHL)

The North Carolina History of Health Digital Collection, part of the Medical Heritage Library, is a digital curation collaborative among some of the world’s leading medical libraries that promotes free and open access to quality historical resources in medicine. Its goal is to provide the means by which readers and scholars across a multitude of disciplines can examine the interrelated nature of medicine and society, both to inform contemporary medicine and strengthen understanding of the world in which we live. The MHL’s growing collection of digitized medical rare books, pamphlets, journals, and films number in the tens of thousands, with representative works from each of the past six centuries, all of which are available through the Internet Archive.

NYU’s Arts and Literature Database

The Literature, Arts and Medicine Database (LitMed) is a collection of literature, fine art, visual art and performing art annotations created as a dynamic, comprehensive resource for scholars, educators, students, patients, and others interested in medical humanities. It was created by faculty of the New York University School of Medicine in 1993. The annotations are written by an invited editorial board of scholars from all over North America.

The Literature, Arts, & Medicine Database

 Literature, Medicine, Medical Humanities: An MLA Commons site