Center for Health Humanities

Centers for Excellence

A research center for advanced thinking about the humanistic side of medicine, the Center for Health Humanities at MCPHS supports the work of scholars, researchers, and healthcare practitioners.

Humanities Brings Humanity into Healthcare

You can’t be a good clinician without understanding basic concepts of humanism. That credo was the impetus for launching the Center for Health Humanities (CHH). Through interdisciplinary scholarship and research, the health humanities add human perspectives to the understanding of illness and healthcare. With research retreats, seminars, poster sessions, visiting speakers, and other events, the CHH fosters a collaborative environment for students and faculty and promotes health humanities in the wider academic, medical, and healthcare communities.

The Center for Health Humanities is Shaping the Future of Healthcare

Mission

The MCPHS Center for Health Humanities promotes opportunities for the study, development, and application of the humanities as they relate to the experiences of illness, health, and well-being.

Events

The Center for Health Humanities hosts events throughout the year, including a guest speaker series featuring health humanities thought leaders from around the country.

Fellowships

MCPHS awards fellowships with generous stipends to researchers working in health humanities who could benefit from time in a highly interdisciplinary environment located in a city rich with academic, cultural, medical, and historical resources.

Fostering Compassionate Clinicians Through the Health Humanities

The Center for Health Humanities at MCPHS creates space for meaningful dialogues about the humanistic aspects of healthcare, delving deeper into how narratives, empathy, and understanding improve clinical outcomes.
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Dr. Dien Ho on the Humanities in Healthcare

Director of the Center for Health Humanities Dien Ho, PhD, appears on the MCPHS podcast, The Secret to Living to 200, to explain the growing role of humanities in healthcare and expand ideas of what factors allow us to live longer, healthier, more fulfilled lives.

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Healthcare Leaders with a Passion for Teaching

At MCPHS, cutting-edge scholarship and professional affiliations go hand in hand with instruction and mentoring.

Dien Ho

Dien Ho

Director of the Center for Health Humanities

School of Arts and Sciences

Carol-Ann Farkas

Carol-Ann Farkas

Professor of English

School of Arts and Sciences

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Martha Gardner

Associate Professor of History and Social Sciences

School of Arts and Sciences

Kenneth Richman

Kenneth Richman

Professor of Philosophy and Health Care Ethics

School of Arts and Sciences

Christian Nelson

Christian Nelson

Associate Professor of Communication Studies

School of Arts and Sciences