Medical Humanities

Medical Humanities is an interdisciplinary field, described as the best of a liberal arts education with a medical focus. As of today, 69 out of the 133 accredited medical schools in the U.S. require medical students to take medical humanities courses.

This program is perfect for...

...providing future healthcare leaders a foundation in humanities which can lead to increased empathy, more understanding of historical and social contexts of disease, and a better resiliency to burnout.

What you'll learn

How different cultures perceive health and disease
Medicine as portrayed in literature, film, and narrative
Burnout, mindfulness, and resiliency
Social determinants of health & human rights
Spirituality and end of life
Medical ethics & history of medicine


Required UCSB Electives:

Choose 10 units of electives from list provided HERE.

Minimum of 16 total units to complete this professional certificate.


Minimum of 16 total units to complete this professional certificate
Earn no less than a "C" in any particular course to be eligible for the certificate
Be currently enrolled at UCSB and not on academic probation
Have a 3.4 GPA or higher

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*A limited number of PaCE Course Scholarships are available for students. Scholarship applications can be submitted at any time and are awarded subject to availability of funds. Contact us at for more information.

“Students will be exposed to a variety of components on how 'humanities' actually has an impact on very select and often times vulnerable patient populations.”
-Jason Prystowsky, MD

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