Houston is a city in which the health care industry is of immense importance—historically, economically, and culturally.
The Texas Medical Center is the largest in the world and home to two medical schools, two nursing schools, and a score of programs in the allied health sciences. It also houses a dozen major hospitals, clinics, research laboratories, and other medical facilities.
Established in 2005, The Medicine & Society Program promotes an interdisciplinary understanding of health and health care through academic courses, research, fieldwork (including domestic travel and study abroad), student internships, scholarly and public conferences, visiting speakers, and an electronic portal with online information and materials. Affiliated faculty from the University of Houston, the University of Texas Health Science Center, local research hospitals, and other health care institutions regularly participate in these activities.
Based in The Honors College, The Medicine & Society minor is open to students throughout the University. Small classes and seminars emphasize active participation, critical thinking, and multiple perspectives. The program produces informed and thoughtful graduates who have a comprehensive grasp of health care challenges and opportunities, locally, regionally, nationally, and globally. To address critical issues in the realm of health care, we need leaders with moral courage and critical intelligence. The Medicine & Society Program seeks to produce such pioneers.