The Humanities of Health and Well Being area of study is both a longstanding and an emerging field at UMass, being addressed across several fronts.  

  • Medical Humanities Certificate: HFA is home to a Medical Humanities Certificate, a 15-credit credential rooted in our highly regarded department of Philosophy that is open to any student on campus, seeks to increase student awareness of the “cultural, social, and political dimensions of medical issues, practices, and services.”  
  • Public History and End of Life Care: Since 2014, students and faculty in the Public History program have pursued work at the intersection of historical perspective and healthy aging, in grant-funded partnership with the Amherst Historical Society and several local assisted living facilities, and now help lead a National Council on Public History working group on Public History and End of Life Care.  
  • Animating Family Well-being: In an ongoing interdisciplinary collaboration between the Art department and the Baystate Medical Center, Jeffery Kasper, assistant professor and undergraduate program director, is leading the project “Animating Family Well-being,” by directing a design team of undergraduate and graduate students to develop an ongoing series of bilingual animated videos. 

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