According to David Muller, interviewed on NPR’s All Things Considered, “Science is the foundation of an excellent medical education, but a well-rounded humanist is best suited to make the most of that education.”

Interdisciplinary health humanities courses were taught in ASU’s Humanities Lab during the 2017–18 academic year. Participants from many disciplines including English, global health, psychology, biochemistry, business and more enrolled in the interdisciplinary health humanities courses and completed research design projects. One group proposed to study how cultural competency was taught, modeled and communicated to students in three different Arizona medical schools. Another group focused on the gaps in Arizona sex education in public high schools and how those knowledge gaps are filled by other communities and in other cultural locations. Students enrolled in the Health Humanities Certificate at ASU have the opportunity to create projects and conduct research on topics such as these.

The Institute for Humanities Research, under Fox’s leadership, has been collaborating for five years with Mayo Clinic in Arizona to develop programming that brings humanities scholars into the clinic to discuss their work with Mayo faculty and staff. These cross-institutional and cross-cultural encounters can lead to more interdisciplinary projects and internships for students in the certificate program.

Registration for the Health Humanities Certificate program is open now.