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.









Submit Art to PLEXUS – Deadline Jan. 7, 2017

We invite you to submit your works of art, including but not limited to prose, poetry, paintings, photographs, music, performance, and dance to PLEXUS, UCI SOM’s Journal of the Arts and Humanities. PLEXUS is celebrating 18 years of success thanks to the participation & contributions of our students, staff, faculty, and community. […]

December 3rd, 2016|

Westminster High School Students Attend Medical Humanities Event

Theresa Brown RN, the UCI Medical Humanities Distinguished Lecturer and author of the New York Times Best-Selling books The Shift and Critical Care drew an audience of well over one hundred UCI and community members [...]

November 2nd, 2016|

Vietnamese American Stories: Narratives of Health and Healing

Asian Americans are the fastest growing racial group in the United States and the largest concentration of Vietnamese living outside of Vietnam resides in Southern California. Their  experiences during the war in Vietnam and their [...]

October 24th, 2016|