Current Course Offerings

Fall 2017

(View minor requirements here)

 

Core Course:

INTRODUCTION TO MEDICAL HUMANITIES
HURC 201

Instructor: Ostherr, Kirsten A.
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. (View Registrar Listing)


Electives:

MEDICAL ANTHROPOLOGY
ANTH 381

Instructor: Mitchell, Beverly M.
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. (View Registrar Listing)

CONSCIOUSNESS FROM INDIAN TRADITIONS TO MODERN SCIENCE
ASIA 339

Instructor: Donaldson, Brianne G.
This course explores consciousness from ancient Indian philosophies (Jain, Buddhist, and Samkhya-Yoga), alongside western concepts of consciousness from Pythagoras to modern neuroscience and animal consciousness, touching briefly upon Judeo-Christian and Taoist concepts. 2-3 guest speakers will aid our investigation. (View Registrar Listing)

INVALID WOMEN/ILLNESS IN LIT
ENGL 245

Instructor: Bracken, Rachel C.
Interdisciplinary study of cultural forms as diverse as poetry, advertisement, and film as well as topical interdisciplinary courses on literature and the arts, psychology, cultural studies, film media, anthropology, social theory, philosophy, law, and ethics. Taught by English Department Ph.D. candidates. Repeatable for Credit. (View Registrar Listing)

MEDICINE AND MEDIA
ENGL 273 Distribution Group I

Instructor: Ostherr, Kirsten A.
An interdisciplinary exploration of the role of imaging technologies in the practice of medicine, and the role of mass media in shaping our understandings of the body, health, and disease. This course examines visual media structure "ways of seeing" for physicians and for the public. Emphasis will be placed on developing media literacy skills. (View Registrar Listing)

DISPARITIES IN HEALTH IN AMERICA
HEAL 380

Instructor: Hughes, Daniel C.
This course explores the aspects of race and ethnicity that influence health, public health policy, and the management and practice of healthcare, as well as, the trends which drive ethnic demographic transition including an aging white population, declining white birth rate, immigration of non-whites, and the higher birth rate of minority groups. Mutually Exclusive: Credit cannot be earned for HEAL 380 and HEAL 580. (View Registrar Listing)

BIOMEDICAL APPROACH TO HISTORY
HIST 312

Instructor: Lopez Alonso, Moramay
This is a course in history of medicine, diseases and public health, demography, and nutrition. It delves on classic works on the history of human societies. It will also use historical studies from particular disciplines such as biology, demography, medicine, nutrition, anthropology, and economic concentrating around disease, medicine and public health. (View Registrar Listing)

HEALTH AND HUMANITIES MASTER CLASS
HURC 306/506

Instructor: Bailar, Melissa A.
Faculty from Rice University, University of Texas School of Public health, and University of Houston, as well as practitioners in the Texas Medical Center, will lead class discussions on different aspects of the health industry today. The class will meet Tuesday evenings at the McGovern Museum of Health and Medical Science and at Rice Thursdays. Students will read essays, case studies, and fiction or watch films to prepare for each discussion. Graduate students will have additional assignments. Graduate students will not write 5 papers required of undergraduates and may opt out of 3 lectures and the corresponding discussions. Mutually Exclusive: Credit cannot be earned for HURC 506 and HURC 306. (View Registrar Listing)

MEDICAL PROFESSIONALISM AND OBSERVERSHIP
NSCI 399

Instructor: Merlo, Gia
NSCI 399 consists of lectures to enhance your knowledge of medical professionalism, a 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, 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. The physician selection process will be explained during class. The process and application deadlines can be found using the following link: https://goo.gl/HD7zsO. NOTE: Space is limited and registration for NSCI 009 DOES NOT GUARANTEE a seat in NSCI 399. (View Registrar Listing)

THE HUMANITIES OF CARE & END OF LIFE
RELI/HURC 361 Distribution Group I

Instructor: Brennan, Marcia G.
Pairing the perspectives of medicine, bioethics, and the medical humanities with thematic case studies in art, literature, cinema, and visual culture, the class examines the humanities of care and the end of life. (View Registrar Listing)

MEDICAL SOCIOLOGY
SOCI 345 Distribution Group II

Instructor: Kimbro, Rachel T.
This course will explore the relationship between social factors and health, illness, and mortality, with a heavy emphasis on experiences of illness, the doctor-patient relationship, and the socialization of medical students and new doctors. Social determinants of health, cultural determinants of health, and the ethics surrounding conception, birth, and death will also be discussed. (View Registrar Listing)


Practica:

 

HEALTH, HUMANISM, AND SOCIETY SCHOLARS INTERNSHIP
HUMA 402/403

Instructor: Merlo, Gia, Ostherr, Kirsten A.
The Office of the Dean of Humanities and relevant faculty match students individually with one of a variety of projects in the area of medical humanities. Students conduct research or related activities under guidance of on-site supervisor and section instructor of record. Will be continued as HUMA 403 in Spring. Repeatable for Credit. (View Registrar Listing)

HRC PRACTICUM IN HEALTH HUMANITIES
HURC 430

Instructor: Mulligan, John C.
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. (View Registrar Listing)

KNOWING BODY/GLOWING MIND: BUDDHIST ARTS OF CONTEMPLATION AND ANALYSIS
RELI 333/573

Instructor: Klein, Anne C.
Buddhism is a performing art engaging both mind and body. Our course investigates Buddhist and other literature, epistemology and rituals with an eye to how they speak to contemplative practice. Contemplative practice itself, in class and out, supplements our exploration of the interplay between traditional Asian and contemporary Western perspectives. Recommended prerequisite(s): One course in Buddhism. Mutually Exclusive: Credit cannot be earned for RELI 333 and RELI 573. Repeatable for Credit. (View Registrar Listing)

 


 

Spring 2018 (partial preview)

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.

MEDICAL HUMANITIES RESEARCH INTERNSHIP
HUMA 402/403

Instructor: Kirsten Ostherr, Gia Merlo
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.

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.

HRC PRACTICUM IN HEALTH HUMANITIES
HURC 430

Instructor: Mulligan, John C.
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.