About the Program

COMPONENTS MS PROGRAM
COURSES CREDITS
Core Courses
(4 credits/course)
4 16
Clinical Practicum
(2 credits)
1 2
Research Methods
(2 credits)
1 2
Electives
(4 credits/course)
3 12
  32 credits
THESIS OPTIONS  
Independent Research*
(4 credits)
1 4
  36 credits
The degree program requires 32 credit hours of graduate level work with the thesis option of 32-36 credit hours.

The program is administered through the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. This is a full time one year graduate degree program (end of August – end of May) for students in medicine, nursing and other healthcare disciplines, and students in humanities and social sciences. In special circumstances, highly qualified applicants in healthcare and/or other professions can matriculate on a part-time basis to accommodate their work schedules. 

Educational Objectives

  • To acquire knowledge of concepts, methods and subject materials from core humanities disciplines (literature, ethics, history, and visual arts) in relation to current problems and issues in healthcare.
  • To consider multiple perspectives from humanities disciplines on “caring for the patient”, with particular focus on the patient and provider as persons in social and cultural contexts that shape their knowledge, behaviors and attitudes.
  • To develop skills and tools from humanities-based knowledge about patients, providers and practices that can be applied in clinical practice, studied in scholarly research and taught in healthcare education.

Purpose

This degree program provides advanced training and practice in the biopsychocial approach to understanding health and illness. Through the study and application of humanities to issues in patient care students will:

  • acquire knowledge of concepts, methods and subject materials from core humanities disciplines (literature, ethics, history, and visual arts) in relation to current problems and issues in healthcare.
  • consider multiple perspectives from humanities disciplines on "caring for the patient", with particular focus on the patient and provider as persons in social and cultural contexts that shape their knowledge, behaviors and attitudes.
  • develop skills and tools from humanities-based knowledge about patients, providers and practices that can be applied in clinical practice, studied in scholarly research, and taught in healthcare education.

Career Relevance

For all students at various stage of their careers, the program offers an interdisciplinary, interprofessional learning environment that brings together learners from humanities and healthcare fields to share knowledge and expertise, to think critically and collaboratively about issues in healthcare care, and creates potential networking opportunities and possibilities for future collaborations.

For students from healthcare disciplines, this program will strengthen and deepen their knowledge, skills and behaviours that can be applied to their own clinical practices and developed through their careers. Learners in the program will be able to serve as teachers; they will have the foundational training to educate their colleagues and, as their careers progress, their students.

For students from humanities and other non-healthcare disciplines, this program extends their scholarly focus from within a discipline across disciplines to the study of healthcare issues and practice. Students in this program will learn about healthcare through formal coursework, and also directly from their classmates who are training or practicing in diverse healthcare fields. The coursework and mixed interdisciplinary peer learning and clinical practicum will provide students with personal and professional knowledge of some aspects of clinical care that will be valuable for possible careers in medical education or healthcare.

Contact Us

Division of Medical Humanities & Bioethics
School of Medicine and Dentistry
University of Rochester
601 Elmwood Ave, Box 676
Rochester, NY 14642
(585) 275-5800
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