Universities in Nebraska and Iowa are seeing an uptick in humanities courses in some medical schools.
The Omaha World-Herald reports that the University of Nebraska at Omaha got the green light last month to offer a major in medical humanities. The subject areas include art, philosophy, ethics, religious studies, and the history of medicine among others. Faculty members at Creighton School of Medicine and the University of Nebraska Medical Center say studying humanities can promote empathy and help students learn to listen.
Creighton has just created a department of medical humanities in its medicine school. The University of Iowa College of Medicine's bioethics and humanities program also offers med students elective courses in creative writing.