Health Humanities, formerly known as Medical Humanities, is a specialisation within the Sydney School of Public Health's Bioethics program. The Health Humanities specialisation allows you to explore the humanistic side of health care. The Health Humanities are broad and diverse, encompassing the myriad forms and areas where medicine and health care intersect with the reflective and creative arts, from arts and health to history and literature. Whether you work in health care or not, the Health Humanitie gives you the opportunity to explore your interests and improve your practice.
Health Humanities serves three important goals:
- supporting academic research concerning medicine in the traditional litterae humaniores: philosophy and history, literature and art
- encouraging the interaction of medicine and the creative arts, supporting physician novelists and painters, and projects in music and art therapy,
- serving to create more compassionate, more communicative doctors, and lead to better health outcomes for patients.
For more information, please contact the Health Humanities Co-ordinator, Dr Estelle Noonan, at or visit the Bioethics Program in the School of Public health.