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.









Revisiting the Flint, Michigan, lead-in-water crisis a year after its state of emergency

Last March, the UCI Medical Humanities Initiative Sponsored a round-table on the Flint Water Crisis, featuring professors from the Departments of History, Public Policy, and Public Health. Here, History Professor Andrew Highsmith revisits the event [...]

January 6th, 2017|

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|