Department of Health Humanities and Bioethics
The Department of Health Humanities and Bioethics offers courses, electives, activities and programs that use methodologies and materials from the humanities disciplines to address key issues in healthcare. These disciplines include literature, history, visual arts, philosophy, and music, as well as studies in gender, religion, culture and disabilities. As a branch of philosophy, ethics has its own programs, courses, electives and activities in philosophy, law and clinical ethics integrated with the humanities.
Through these humanities/bioethics-focused programs, the Department reinforces the biopsychosocial approach to patient care, and develops students’ and faculty’s skills, knowledge and attitudes consistent with the LCME/ACGME Core Competencies. Among these skills are ethical and humanistic patient care, mindfulness, interpersonal and communications skills, and professionalism.
Health Humanities and Bioethics integrate perspectives from humanities, arts, and ethics to understand person-centered relationships and social, cultural, moral contexts in healthcare. Through our interprofessional and interdisciplinary collaborations across URMC, we work to improve the well-being of our patients, providers, and communities in a humanistic, ethical and inclusive culture.