Humanities in Medicine

Humanities in Medicine is an interdisciplinary program designed to support students' learning about the social and cultural contexts of health, illness and medical care.

The Program has two curricular options:
- the Scholars’ Program
- the minor

The Program began in 1996 with the support of a gift from Linda and Charles Wilson. The Wilson Fund provides scholarships for pre-medicine students who major in a humanities or social sciences field (The Scholars' Program) and support for visiting speakers and special events.

The interdisciplinary minor began in 2008, and has grown in popularity each year, attracting students pursuing a wide variety of majors.

With this program, UNL joins the handful of colleges and universities who offer undergraduates an organized opportunity to take courses in diverse fields with the goal of developing a broad understanding of the human side of health care.

Faculty Coordinator

Rose Holz, PhD
Women’s and Gender Studies
317A Seaton Hall

Pre-health Advising

Exploratory and Pre-Professional Advising Center
127 Love Library South

Speakers and Special Events

Humanities in Medicine sponsors visiting speakers who are prominent in medical humanities fields, including history, literature and ethics. All students, faculty, staff and members of the community are welcome to attend these events. Other events, such as social gatherings, offer HMED students opportunities to get to know each other and affiliated faculty.


Life and Limb
"Life and Limb: The Toll of the American Civil War"

The National Library of Medicine's traveling exhibit, "Life and Limb: The Toll of the American Civil War," was displayed April 14-May 24 at Love Library. The exhibit illustrated the brutality of the Civil War and the resilience of those who survived with serious disabilities.