Posted: April 16, 2020

Humanism in Health and Healthcare


“Humanism in Health and Healthcare”, a free open access course, is available on The course was developed by Oakland University - William Beaumont School of Medicine and The Arnold P. Gold Foundation. The course includes 13 modules:

  • History of Medicine, Modernism, and the Emergence of the Biomedical Model
  • Epidemiological Transition and the Humanistic (Re)turn
  • Medicalization and Social Control of Health
  • Biopsychosocial Model
  • Birth of Bioethics and the Evolution of Humanism
  • Science of Empathy
  • Building Empathy: Practices of the Senses
  • Empathy in Practice: Narrative Medicine/Narrative Communication
  • Self-Care: Caring for Self to Care for Others
  • Problems of Otherness and Dilemmas of Difference
  • Marginalization
  • Cultural Competency to Cultural Humility: Habits of Respectful Curiosity
  • Future of Humanism in Health and Health Care


Jason Adam Wasserman, Ph.D., Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine


Learner Audience

Undergraduate Medical Education (UME), Graduate Medical Education (GME), Continuing Medical Education/Continuing Professional Development (CME/CPD), Interprofessional


Interpersonal and Communication Skills, Professionalism, Systems Based Practice

Resource Type(s)

Distance Learning - Asynchronous

Instructional Method(s)

Self-Directed Learning


Ethics, Empathy, Humanities, Culture, History, Humanism, Well-being, Self-care