Medical Humanities and Medical Education


Students in medicine, nursing and health professions

Enhance your student experience and give yourself a competitive advantage with study in the medical humanities!
The Graduate Certificate in Medical Humanities can easily be completed while you study medicine. It only requires you to complete one subject a semester for two years, and you can undertake creative projects as assessments. The qualification will make you stand out amongst your peers for your mastery of a range of professional competencies and for your distinctive approach to patient care and professional relations. Our classes are all run in the evenings or as a two day intensive scheduled in your breaks. The classes are fun and interesting, and you’ll be able to meet older doctors and other health professionals in them, people who gave you different insights into health care practice.

Medical students may also do any unit of study listed here as their ILA (or ‘option’) (and to sit in on others if they wish). Medicine and Music and Medicine and War have proved especially popular with medical students. Medical students may also undertake their Honours year in medical humanities. Medical students who choose this pathway have always enjoyed their Honours project and usually achieved very highly. We help you design a project that captures your interest and in which you can excel, and we help students get their work published as a result.
Medical Humanities also contributes the medical humanities resources and components of the problem-based learning curriculum in the USydMP.


Teaching nursing, medicine and health professions

Captivate your students and improve their performance by drawing from the medical humanities in your classes. Around the world, the medical humanities are regarded as an essential component of medical education. Medical humanities programs are expanding in medical schools internationally (and particularly in our south east Asian region) and offer increasing career opportunities. A degree in the medical humanities gives you the skill and knowledge portfolio to teach medical humanities in a medical training program. We are happy to help provide ideas and resources so you can use the medical humanities in teaching the technical and clinical components of medicine.


Continuing Medical Education (CME)

Medical Humanities offers health care professionals the opportunity for professional development and continuing education in the human aspects of their clinical practice. We are working with the Colleges and other professional bodies to develop a new curriculum specifically for CME. Students may receive formal CME accreditation for taking medical humanities units or courses.