Current Medical Humanities Course Offerings

Spring 2017

(View minor requirements here)

Core Course:

 

INTRODUCTION TO MEDICAL HUMANITIES
HURC 201

Instructors: Kirsten Ostherr and Beverly Mitchell
Examines the history of medicine, concepts of disease vs illness, narrative medicine, health disparities, religion, spirituality, and the role of science and technology on the practices of healthcare. Students will develop skills in close reading, interpretation, historical contextualization, critical thinking. This course is required for the minor in Medical Humanities. (Registrar Listing)


Practica:

 

MEDICAL HUMANITIES RESEARCH INTERNSHIP
HUMA 403

Instructor: Kirsten Ostherr
Independent Study with a faculty member at the Texas Medical Center focusing on a medical humanities research topic. Students spend up to 10 hours/week at TMC and will be required to submit a written report, evaluations and an example of research products (research posters, abstracts, paper drafts, manuscripts, etc.) both to their supervisor and the Office of the Dean of the Humanities. (Registrar Listing)

MEDICAL MEDIA ARTS LAB
ENGL 386

Instructor: Kirsten Ostherr
Students will collaborate with health professionals to create solutions to real-world medical communication, visualization and design problems. Working individually and in teams, students will apply critical thinking and theory to hands-on design. Projects may include production of short videos, infographics, app development, 3-D virtual models, creative writing, and other media arts. (Registrar Listing)

HRC PRACTICUM IN HEALTH HUMANITIES
HURC 430

Instructor: John Mulligan
This research-based course is conducted in partnership with health institutions in Houston. Qualified and advanced students work 10 hours/week on site with health professionals, archivists, center directors, and others to develop projects in specific research areas. Students meet regularly with instructor to discuss research and to present work at an end of semester symposium. Repeatable for Credit. (Registrar Listing)


Electives:

BIOETHICS IN INDIAN TRADITIONS
ASIA 338

Instructor: Brianne G. Donaldson
We will examine western normative ethical theories alongside key concepts in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism regarding definitions of life, death, consciousness, autonomy, disability, pain/pleasure, and how to make decisions in issues such as animal research, disorders of consciousness, abortion, and assisted suicide, among others. (Registrar Listing)

MEDICAL MEDIA ARTS LAB
ENGL 386

Instructor: Kirsten Ostherr
Students will collaborate with health professionals to create solutions to real-world medical communication, visualization and design problems. Working individually and in teams, students will apply critical thinking and theory to hands-on design. Projects may include production of short videos, infographics, app development, 3-D virtual models, creative writing, and other media arts. (Registrar Listing)

GENDER, TECHNOLOGY, AND THE MEDICAL HUMANITIES
ENGL/HURC 245

Instructor: Alanna Beroiza
This course offers an introduction to the concept of gender at the intersection of medicine and technology in the 20th and 21st centuries. We begin by asking when and how human bodies, sexual behaviors, and personal identities became subjects of medical interest in the modern Western world. Following a brief introduction to pre-Enlightenment studies of human sexual anatomies, behaviors, and pleasures, we turn to 19th century medical research on sexual “degeneracies” and “disorders.” We then expand our focus from individual "diagnoses" to "technologies" of gender, before analyzing the social and political meaning of this term in contemporary culture. (Registrar Listing)

MEDICAL LEADERSHIP
HURC 306

Instructor: John Mulligan
This course explores the history, politics, and practice of health leadership. Drawing on sources in the TMC Medical library (e.g., the McGovern Historical Center's extensive Oslerian holdings), foundational texts on the theory of institutions (e.g., Peter Drucker and Herbert Simon), and local experts from the TMC and beyond, students will learn in a discussion-based setting and in real interviews with healthcare professionals about the meaning and value of leadership in the current healthcare environment. (Registrar Listing)

POLITICS OF PSYCHIATRIC MEDIA
HURC 431

Instructor: Rex Troumbley
This medical humanities/media archaeology class will critique how psychology uses novels, photography, film, drugs, and the internet to capture patients and explain their disorders. Case studies vary from year to year, but may include Tourette's syndrome, hysteria, Internet addiction, and viral extremism. (Registrar Listing)

MEDICAL ANTHROPOLOGY
ANTH 381/581

Instructor: Beverly Mitchell
Cultural, ecological, and biological perspectives on human health and disease throughout the world. Mutually Exclusive: Credit cannot be earned for ANTH 381 and ANTH 581. (Registrar Listing)

DISABILITY INSIDE-OUT: SEXUALITY, POLITICS, IDENTITY
ANTH 477/677

Instructor: Zoë Wool
This workshop-style course is an intervention in what and how we know about the intersections of disability, illness, sexuality, gender, race, and power. Pushing beyond texts to grapple with experience hands-on, we will rework the relationship between modes of scholarship, art, and activism. Our inside-out perspective means we won’t just learn about disability, but we’ll learn from and with artists, writers, activists, scholars, and clinicians who live with and work on illness and disability. Workshops will be led by an amazing roster of guests from Houston and beyond. (Registrar Listing)

SEMINAR ON THE END OF LIFE
RELI 344

Instructor: Marcia Brennan
This course examines themes associated with death and dying from the historical through the contemporary periods. The class will adopt highly multidisciplinary approach that combines the critical perspectives of biomedicine, religious studies, art history, philosophy, anthropology, bioethics, and cultural studies as we consider life at the end of life. (Registrar Listing)

DEMONS, MENTAL ILLNESS, & MEDICINE
RELI 350

Instructor: Niki Clements
Treats complex connections between religious beliefs/practices and formulation of human psychology in western tradition, through a historical reckoning with demonology. Consider the way demons are represented -- from semi-corporeal beings to marks of mental illness — by looking at texts from the ancient world to modern psychiatry. (Registrar Listing)

POPULATION HEALTH SEMINAR
SOCI 425/525

Instructor: Bridget K. Gorman
This course explores the relatively new field of population health.  How do we define health and illness, what is a health disparity, and how does the structure of society shape how healthy we are born, who gets sick, who gets care, who lives, who dies?  We will cover health disparities and patterns across populations, theories about health and illness, and examine many social processes, policies, and institutions which impact health and disease. (Registrar Listing)

MEDICAL PROFESSIONALISM AND OBSERVERSHIP
NSCI 399

Instructor: Merlo, Gia
This course consists of lectures to enhance your knowledge of medical professionalism, an intense writing experience aimed at reflecting on your experiences in both the lectures and clinical settings, and an opportunity to shadow a physician and/or observe in the operating room, intensive care unit or other clinical unit at Houston Methodist hospital. Once enrolled in the spring, students will have the opportunity to review the experiences of past students to select a specialty that closely aligns with your goals and expectations. Please note, matching with physicians will not occur until students begin matriculating in NSCI 399. (Registrar Listing)

SCIENCE POLICY, AND ETHICS
NSCI 511

Instructor: Matthews, Kirstin R. W.
An introduction to the policy, ethics, politics, and legal issues that relate to science and technology - discovery and application. This course presents a framework for analyzing ethical issues in business and professional work. The course then explores the ways in which government policy and business practices can promote or inhibit advances in science and technology while influencing the ethical choices of the professionals involved. Case studies will be used. (View Registrar Listing)