Humanities Institute

About Health Humanities

The Humanities Institute has been exploring how a partnership between medical and humanities education can work to identify barriers to building a more caring society and ways we can break down those barriers through humanistic support for those in the caring professions. Researchers and scholars from colleges and schools across campus have convened through our Health Humanities programs to explore the crucial significance of stories and storytelling, to investigate how humanities training can further medical inquiry into health disparities, and to address how the medical humanities can foster partnerships among researchers, practitioners, artists, and community organizations. 

Our Health Humanities initiatives aim to establish a community of humanities scholars and medical professionals committed to defining the future of the Health Humanities at the University of Texas at Austin. To this end, HI has collaborated with Dell Medical School, the Steve Hicks School of Social Work (Health Affairs), the College of Natural Sciences, the department of Public Health, the UT Environmental Clinic, and the College of Pharmacy, Planet Texas 2050, and other departments, colleges, and researchers on interdisciplinary events, workshops, and programs. For more information on these collaborations, please visit our Health Humanities Events page and our related programs pages.

Health Humanities Programs & Initiatives


Health Humanities Research Seminar

2018-2020 Faculty Fellows Seminar

Communities of Care Initiative

Visiting Artist & Storytelling Series



2018 Health & Humanities Pop-Up Institute

Narrative Medicine: Close Reading, Expressive Writing Elective



Health & Humanities Pop-Up Institute Symposium

Dr. Jonathan MetzlJonathan Metzl delivered his keynote lecture, "Structural Competency, 5 Years On: Tracking a New Medical Approach to Stigma and Inequality" at the culminating Symposium for May 2018's Pop-Up Institute. Dr. Metzl is the Frederick B. Rentschler II Professor of Sociology and Psychiatry, and the Director of the Center for Medicine, Health, and Society, at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. 

Health, Well-Being, Healing

Alondra Nelson delivered the keynote lecture "The Social Life of DNA"  during the the Humanities Institute Spring 2018 Distinguished Visting Lectures in "Health, Well-Being, Healing." Nelson is a professor of sociology and the inaugral Dean of Science at Columbia University. 

Looking for more upcoming Health Humanities events and lectures? Check the Health Humanities Events Page

Related Programs

Distinguished Visiting Lecture Series 2016-2018

Cline Visiting Centennial Professorship 2016-2017