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.









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|

Medical Humanities Event in OC Register

On October 15, the Medical Humanities Initiative, along with the Stem Cell Center, Reeve Spinal Center, UCI Illuminations, and the Departments of Dance, Music, and Drama co-sponsored a symposium on sound, movement, and healing. […]

October 17th, 2016|

Distinguished Lecture Announced: Theresa Brown, R.N.

Join us for the Medical Humanities Initiative Distinguished Lecture featuring Theresa Brown, R.N. the bestselling author of The Shift.

October 3rd, 2016|