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Health Humanities

Health humanities is an integrated learning major that provides students an understanding of health, healing, disability and illness and prepares students for advanced study and health-related careers.

The program engages students in a critical, multi-disciplinary, reflective course of study designed to complement proficiency in scientific content with awareness of the social and cultural landscape that affects health outcomes, as well as with training in basic bioethics. The major can be combined with any other major at SU.

About the College of Arts and Sciences

The founding college of Syracuse University remains at the center of undergraduate learning. The College is divided into the natural sciences and mathematics, the humanities, and the social sciences, with the lattermost offered in partnership with the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.


Core coursework includes Introduction to the Health Humanities, as well as courses in bioethics and in either sociology of health & illness or sociology of disability. The electives concern health as it relates to global, social and communication concerns as well as communities and stages of life. Sample courses include

  • Medical Ethics
  • Sociology of Health and Illness
  • Poverty, Policy and Human Services
  • Medical Anthropology in Ecological Perspectives
  • Health Psychology
  • Global Health

View official B.A. requirements .

Practical Experience

Take advantage of real-world learning opportunities that will bolster and enhance your experience.

  • Work with professionals in Pre-Health Advising to prepare for future graduate study in medicine or other health-related fields.
  • Supplement your learning and networking experiences as a Renée Crown University Honors
  • Gain hands-on clinical experience as an intern or volunteer at area hospitals and community health centers.
  • Pursue undergraduate research opportunities both on and off-campus through the SOURCE .

Study Abroad

Consistently ranked among the top international education providers in the U.S.,  Syracuse Abroad is a storied part of the Syracuse experience. With over 100 programs in 60 countries, nearly half of all students go abroad during their four years.

Life After Syracuse University

With a degree in health humanities you can explore careers such as:

  • Medical anthropologist
  • Health educator or researcher
  • Health policymaker
  • Nonprofit facilitator
  • Medical illustrator or historian

Or pursue an advanced degree in dentistry, medicine, pharmacy, public health, health administration, occupational therapy, physical therapy, social work, nursing, law or physician assistant studies.