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Health Humanities Major

See health and healthcare from a new perspective: The whole picture.

Embark on impactful health-related careers through a health humanities degree from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota in Winona. Immerse yourself in interdisciplinary humanities study, discovering holistic care and advocating for empathetic healthcare. This major offers a distinct perspective, prioritizing ethics and championing social justice across communities.

With rising demand for professionals versed in patient-centered, empathetic, and ethical healthcare, a health humanities major bridges the gap. It cultivates skills rooted in arts and humanities, opening doors to health-related roles and fields like social work, public policy, patient advocacy, and health education. Graduates adeptly use interpersonal finesse, deliver compassionate care, and advocate for social justice.

A health humanities major spans humanities (English, philosophy, history, theology) and fine arts, nurturing health understanding while passionately advocating for social justice. It hones communication skills valued by patients, families, healthcare professionals, and communities.

Our program unveils patient-centered care through humanistic perspectives. Saint Mary’s unique emphasis on humanities and arts distinguishes it from programs narrowly focused on sciences. This approach cultivates essential intellectual and interpersonal skills, enabling ethical care delivery and effective communication with patients.

Saint Mary’s stands out through affiliations with leading healthcare systems, including Winona Health, Gundersen Health System, and the Mayo Clinic.

Embark on this transformative journey where health isn’t just a destination but a compassionate exploration. Saint Mary’s commits to shaping healthcare advocates with knowledge and ethics for meaningful impact on patients and community well-being.

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Program Highlights

  • Amidst an array of health-centric programs at Saint Mary’s, our health humanities major charts a distinct route towards an array of healthcare careers without tethering you to extensive science-based coursework.
  • Distinct from other medical humanities programs, our major adopts a unique, humanities-driven stance in the exploration of health.
  • Our program echoes the Lasallian emphasis on serving all, advocating for social justice, nurturing compassionate care, and fostering professional practices that drive towards the common good.

What You'll Learn

  • Cultural sensitivity and interpersonal skills
  • Moral reasoning and ethical decision-making
  • Active listening and perspective-taking
  • Rhetorical awareness, research and information literacy
  • Critical thinking, creative problem solving, and analytical ability
  • Professionalization, self-reflection, and self-presentation


Your journey towards a brighter future starts here. Whether you are a recent high school graduate seeking to immerse yourself in a transformative academic experience or a transfer student eager to find the perfect fit, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is committed to empowering you with knowledge, fostering personal growth, and nurturing the leaders of tomorrow.

Course Catalog

Careers that look to the future.

On its own or when paired with appropriate science coursework and / or post baccalaureate degrees, this major can help prepare for many career options within the healthcare system.

Community health worker


Health services manager


Healthcare sales and marketing


Public policy


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