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Johnson and Wales University (Providence, RI 02903-3703)
Ann Kordas (Project Director: September 2020 to July 2023)
Dorothy Abram (Co Project Director: April 2021 to July 2023)

Humanities Connections Planning
Education Programs

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$33,822 (approved)
$26,173 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2021 – 5/31/2022

Medical and Health Humanities: Creating a New Minor

A one-year planning grant to develop an interdisciplinary minor in medical and health humanities. 

Johnson & Wales University seeks NEH support to develop an interdisciplinary minor in Medical and Health Humanities (MHH) that will enhance undergraduate health education while infusing humanities content and practices into the curriculum, demonstrating to undergraduates the real-world applications of the humanities. Medical and health humanities is a growing field, and there is mounting evidence that education in the humanities not only helps students to develop valuable skills in critical thinking and analysis, problem solving, and communication, but also increases their familiarity with culturally diverse approaches to disease and healthcare, encouraging the development of empathy. Through the MHH minor, JWU will better prepare students for health-related careers and ultimately, to deliver patient-centered, humanistic healthcare. The grant outcomes will help create future programming that integrates instruction in the humanities with professionally-focused subject matter.