History, Health, & Humanities Minor
This innovative minor provides students with the tools and perspectives to study clinical issues through a different lens than the one provided by natural or social sciences, and amplifies the humanities components of the Judgement, Inquiry, Voice, and Engagement pillars that define the “Penn Advantage.”
Penn Nursing’s History, Health, & Humanities minor forges a bridge between the humanities and sciences to nourish students intellectually, build self-awareness, develop empathy, and consider social justice-related phenomena through a new lens. Throughout the minor’s six courses, it offers formalized opportunities for writing, both reflective and analytical, that extend beyond those available within the required nursing curriculum.
Students enrolled in the minor will be considered Bates Center associates and will be invited to lunches, dinners, and other events with visiting scholars and faculty.
Barbara Bates Center associate director Cynthia Connolly, PhD, RN, reflects on the 1918 influenza pandemic’s effects on children and its lessons for today.
Epidemics from the Perspective of Professional Nursing: Beyond Germs, Public Health, and Pot Banging
What is the meaning of an epidemic from a nursing perspective? The Barbara Bates Center’s Julie Fairman, PhD, RN, FAAN, explores this question in a new article in the Bulletin of the History of Medicine.