Division of Medical Humanities

William Osler, one of the founders of the Medical School and hospital at Johns Hopkins, insisted that “the spirit of the humanities is the greatest single gift in education.” The Division of Medical Humanities aims to capture that spirit by encouraging students to address key issues in health care through the prism of the humanistic disciplines, including history, literature, philosophy, and the visual arts. We believe that our electives and programs can have a meaningful impact in this regard, widening the scope of the current medical education and enhancing the professionalism of the physicians we educate.