Understanding the human dimensions of health, healing and well-being animates this inter-school excellence initiative.

This provost-sponsored initiative is a collaborative effort by faculty from the schools of the Arts, Humanities, and Medicine to build a nationally distinctive and innovative inter-school program in medical humanities.

Medical Humanities will support research projects by faculty in the three schools; harness existing curricular content and develop new course content towards a Medical Humanities minor and coursework for medical students; and promote scholarly and public conversations about health, healing and well-being.

The program is under the co-direction of three UC Irvine faculty members:

  • Douglas M. Haynes, Ph.D (Department of History)
  • Aaron Kheriaty, M.D. (Department of Psychiatry)
  • Johanna Shapiro, Ph.D (Department of Family Medicine)



View our flickr album to see the latest photos from Medical Humanities Initiative-sponsored events.









Congratulations to the 2016-17 Faculty Grant Award Winners

Earlier this month, the Medical Humanities Initiative announced the winners of their Faculty Research, Curriculum Development, and Community Engagement Grants. […]

April 27th, 2016|

Minor in Medical Humanities Approved

An undergraduate minor in Medical Humanities, one of the long-standing goals of the Medical Humanities Initiative has recently been approved beginning this year. […]

April 27th, 2016|

Body of Knowledge Call for Proposals

It is almost exactly a year till the Body of Knowledge – Embodied Cognition and the Arts conference will occur, hosted by Claire Trevor School of the Arts. The website is up and the call for papers and panels is now open and closes mid Feb 2016 […]

January 3rd, 2016|