Mar 29, 2023  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2022-23 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2022-23
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IHS 2215 - Medical Humanities: Global Health and Literature

In this course students study literature with the aim of better understanding global health and gain insight into the use of narrative medicine. The course includes analysis of literary works, journal articles, essays, and the use of different forms of writing to explore students’ own and other perspectives on issues including the determinants of health, health equity and the relationships between gender, culture, migration, and health. In addition, students, review literature and articles to explore the use of narratives and metaphor (the medical humanities) in understanding the patient and practitioner experience as it relates to the global topics of the stigma of illness, death and dying.

Credit Hours: 3
OHIO BRICKS Pillar: Humanities: Text and Contexts
General Education Code (students who entered prior to Fall 2021-22): 2HL
Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.
Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture
Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I
Course Transferability: OTM course: TMAH Arts & Humanities
College Credit Plus: Level 1
Learning Outcomes:
  • Students will be able to utilize the themes found in the literature to formulate an understanding of issues in Global Health including the role of culture in health and healthcare.
  • Students will be able to explain how authors use metaphors, medical vs. non-medical language and different structures (essay, novel, narratives) to give meaning to crucial life questions that span cultures such as the stigma of illness and death and dying
  • Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the different perspectives of medical narratives (practitioner and patient, practitioner and self; practitioner and colleagues and practitioner and society) and their effect on health and healthcare.
  • Students will be able to use different types of writing (narrative, argumentative and reflective) to describe how literature influences their own and other’s beliefs and perceptions of health, healthcare and global health issues.

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