HFA and the Office of Professional and Continuing Education (PaCE) will roll out a new certificate program in the Medical Humanities in Fall 2019


UCSB STUDENT DISCOUNT NOW AVAILABLE!!!

PaCE is now able to offer a 50% discount on the Fall 2019 PaCE Medical Humanities course, Introduction to Medical Humanities (INT X410) to all current UCSB students. 

In order to secure your discount, please visit the PaCE website and follow these two steps:

1) Visit the Course Page and hit the "Add to Cart" button.

2) From the checkout page be sure to click on "Apply a discount" and select "50% UCSB Student Discount".

In addition, a limited number of HFA Scholarships are available for students and are awarded subject to availability of funds. In combination with the PaCE Discount above, scholarship recipients will not pay any tuition for the F19 course! 

Email help@professional.ucsb.edu for more information.


Medical Humanities is an interdisciplinary field of medicine that uses the humanities and arts to explore the human mind and body, as well as the broader human condition. Its goal is to enhance the education, skills, and practice of health care specialists as well as to stimulate new approaches to research on public health, health equity and the broader socio-political contexts of health, disease and care, including the cultural, racial, and gendered politics of health. Medical Humanities are now part of the curricula of leading medical schools; the MCAT exam also includes sections on humanities knowledge.

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As you enter positions of trust and power, dream a little before you think.

- Toni Morrison

Professor Alvan Ikoku (Stanford University) speaks about medical humanities.

Undergraduate students will be able earn a formal certificate in Medical Humanities by completing two core courses, Introduction to Medical Humanities, and Medical Humanities in the World, both offered through PaCE, and two electives from a list of approved offerings in Departments such as History, English, Comparative Literature, Religious Studies, Chicana/o Studies, and East Asian Languages and Cultures.

Students who complete the certificate will be eligible to apply for an individualized summer internship working with local health providers.

Dr. Jason Prystowsky MD, MPH, FACEP lectures on the work that he has done locally and around the world since graduating from UCSB.

The certificate program is co-sponsored by HFA and PaCE and part of the Walter H. Capps Center for Religion, Ethics and Public Life. It is coordinated by Dr. Jason Prystowsky, MD, MPH. Jason, who graduated from UCSB, is an emergency room physician at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, the medical director for the Santa Barbara City Fire Department, co-chair of the Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital Ethics Committee and medical director for Doctors Without Walls - Santa Barbara Street Medicine, a local non-profit that provides free medical care to the homeless and working poor in Santa Barbara County.

Learn more about Medical Humanities

Read the article from the Association of American Medical Colleges: More Pre-Med Students Opting for Health Humanities Programs


Meet the faculty steering committee

Stephen Blain, Director of Health Sciences Program, Division of Undergraduate Education

Brad Bouley, Assistant Professor of History

Janis Caldwell, Associate Professor of English

Kathleen Foltz, Professor of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology

Mary Hancock, Associate Dean and Director of Curricular Initiatives, Humanities and Fine Arts; Professor of History and Anthropology

Kathleen Moore, Interim Director of the Capps Center for the Study of Religion, Ethics and Public Life and Professor of History

Catherine Nesci, Chair of Comparative Literature and Professor of French

Ben Olguín, Professor of English

Jason Prystowsky, MD, MPH, Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital

Celia Herrera Rodriguez, Lecturer and Academic Coordinator, Department of English

Melissa Smith, Faculty Research Affiliate, Center for Information Technology and Society