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Humanism in Health and Healthcare

Last Updated: April 16, 2020


“Humanism in Health and Healthcare”, a free open access course, is available on NextGenU.org. The course was developed by Oakland University - William Beaumont School of Medicine and The Arnold P. Gold Foundation. The course includes 13 modules:

  • History of Medicine, Modernism, and the Emergence of the Biomedical Model
  • Epidemiological Transition and the Humanistic (Re)turn
  • Medicalization and Social Control of Health
  • Biopsychosocial Model
  • Birth of Bioethics and the Evolution of Humanism
  • Science of Empathy
  • Building Empathy: Practices of the Senses
  • Empathy in Practice: Narrative Medicine/Narrative Communication
  • Self-Care: Caring for Self to Care for Others
  • Problems of Otherness and Dilemmas of Difference
  • Marginalization
  • Cultural Competency to Cultural Humility: Habits of Respectful Curiosity
  • Future of Humanism in Health and Health Care


Jason Adam Wasserman, Ph.D., Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine (wasserman@oakland.edu)