HHV Required Courses
Methods in Health and Human Values (3 units)
The aim of the course is to introduce students to modes of methodological inquiry common to the humanistic and social sciences, and to bring those methods to bear on the subject matter and conceptual framework(s) of science, health , medicine, and healing. Pedagogically, the course is innovative, and frequently makes use of a “guest students” – UA faculty from the humanities, social sciences, health sciences, community members who have experienced illness and medical treatment, health professionals, community organizers and activists, and artists working at the intersections of health, healing, and society. Guest students read the week’s materials along with the students, attend class, and contribute to discussion. The format combines co-delivered lectures of a reasonably short duration, followed by vigorous discussion, enabled by the use of new collaborative learning spaces that engage active learning strategies. The course emphasizes critical thinking, abstract conceptual thinking, comparative methods, and the uses of social scientific and humanistic methods in the consideration of science, health, medicine, and healing.
Senior Capstone (3 units)
Taught each Fall Semester. The capstone course for the minor is project-based, and is taught by a humanist or social scientist, with input and classroom visits from appropriate experts relevant to specific projects. Each student will develop a unique semester-long project that makes use of their specific coursework and internship studies to produce an innovative and practical intervention in health care on a small scale. Students will be guided by a design innovation model, to be taught in the classroom, asking them first to identify a real-world problem in the health care field. The entire class, along with the instructors and occasional project-appropriate guest instructors, will brainstorm the problem, after which the student will (individually or in a small group) design a solution and, where possible, implement the solution in the community. As an example, a student may identify as a problem the lack of socialization in an assisted living facility for Alzheimer’s patients in the setting in which they completed their internship. They might design a simple, Facebook-like socialization tool that might easily be used by seniors. Alternatively, and more conventionally, a student might choose to write a research and analysis paper on a topic in health care reform (for example, the use of experimental drugs in cancer treatment). Such a paper would include recommendations for change, in keeping with the goal of directing students toward active engagement and innovation in real-world settings. The emphasis and pedagogical point of the capstone is to teach students a model for identifying problems, and generating innovative solutions to them. Presentations of final projects will be made to a panel of faculty and community stakeholders, and will include rotating Q & A sessions with panel members.
Honors Internship (3 units)
The HHV Internship enables students to gain experiential knowledge of the social, cultural, and psychological dynamics of health care. Students gain skills and background knowledge for understanding the challenges and opportunities involved in providing health services to a broad range of populations and in a variety of contexts. These might include disadvantaged and minority populations, immigrants, border communities, local non-profits, and/or international NGOs. The internship experience involves working on a semester-long project, reading books and/or articles that provide contextual background for understanding the internship site, conducting independent research, and thoughtfully reflecting on one's experience and sharing them with peers. HHV Internships aid students in career development and exploration; gain real-world experience, learn how to develop a professional network, and build skills in professional communication, time management, and problem-solving.