Medical Humanities.

 

Medical Humanities

About the Program

Humanizing healthcare is the mission of the Medical Humanities program at Drew University. The curriculum melds academic inquiry with real-world experience to prepare students for careers throughout the healthcare industry. Students participate in practicums at hospitals, non-profits and other healthcare organizations throughout the greater New York City region. Close faculty mentorship guides graduate students through rigorous research and practical experience, which prepares them for careers as healthcare professionals and advocates.

Program Requirements

Certificate of Medical Humanities (15 credits)

Requires the completion of five courses. Four of the courses (Introduction to Medical Humanities and Humanism, Bioethics, Introduction to Medical Narrative, and Clinical Practicum/Internship) are mandatory. The remaining course may be taken as an elective.

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Master of Medical Humanities (33 credits)

Requires the completion of ten courses plus thesis. Five courses (Introduction to Medical Humanities and Humanism, Bioethics, Introduction to Medical Narrative, Medical Anthropology, and Masters Practicum/Internship) are required. The five remaining courses are taken as seminar electives. All Master of Medical Humanities students must prepare a three-credit thesis of 50-75 pages.

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Doctor of Medical Humanities (45 credits)

Requires the completion of twelve courses. Six courses are required (Introduction to Medical Humanities and Humanism, Bioethics, Introduction to Medical Narrative, Medical Anthropology, Joy of Scholarly Writing, and Clinical Practicum/Internship). The remaining six courses are taken as seminar electives. All Doctor of Medical Humanities students must prepare and successfully defend a nine-credit doctoral dissertation of 150-220 pages.

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Meet Our Program Director

Paul Kadetz

Robert Fisher Oxnam Chair of Science and Society | Director of Medical Humanities

Paul Kadetz is a senior research fellow at the University of Liverpool in China, an Associate and Lecturer of the China Centre for Health and Humanity at University College London, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts (UK). Prior to coming to Drew University, Paul designed, taught and convened global and public health programs at Leiden University (in the Netherlands) and The University of Liverpool in China, and assisted in the development of a masters program in medical humanities (China Health and Humanity) at University College London. Paul comes to Drew from Marshall University where he served as the Chair of the Department of Public Health and Director of the MPH program.

Paul completed his doctorate in the Department of International Development, at The University of Oxford. He also holds a MPH in International Health and Development (Tulane University School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine); a MSc in Medical Anthropology (Oxford); a BA in Psychology (NYU); a BSN in Nursing, and a post-masters certificate in Teacher Education (Pennsylvania). Clinically, Paul is an Adult Nurse Practitioner (MSN, Vanderbilt), a critical care nurse and an Acupuncturist/Herbalist (LAc; MSOM, Samra University, USA with internship at Dong Zhi Men Hospital/Beijing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, China). In his youth, Paul attended the Juilliard School.

Paul’s areas of research bridge the fields of International Health and Development, Critical Medical Anthropology and Global Health. Paul served as a researcher for the Western Pacific Region Office of the World Health Organization. His co-edited volume, Handbook of Welfare in China, was published by Edward Elgar in July 2017. And his co-edited volume, Creating Katrina, Rebuilding Resilience: Lessons from New Orleans on Vulnerability and Resiliency published by Elsevier is forthcoming Autumn 2017.