Welcome to the Institute for the Medical Humanities!

The Institute for the Medical Humanities is committed to moral inquiry, research, teaching, and professional service in medicine and health care. In today's often bewildering world of scientific, technological, cultural, and political changes, medicine faces human problems and possibilities that transcend traditional academic disciplines. Members of the Institute engage in research on ethical and legal problems in clinical practice and biomedical research; and on philosophical, historical, visual, literary, and religious dimensions of medicine and health care. This broad-gauged inquiry provides the foundation for the activities of the Institute faculty in medical and graduate teaching, clinical ethics consultation, and health policy analysis locally and in state, national, and international academic and public forums.

Contact Information:

University of Texas Medical Branch
301 University Blvd.
Galveston, Texas, USA 77555-1311
Phone: (409) 772-2376
Fax: (409) 772-5640


July 13, 2017

Shannon Guillot-Wright, Medical Humanities Ph.D. Candidate, has had a paper published in the Journal of International Maritime Health. Journal of International Maritime Health


Graduate Program

The Medical Humanities Graduate Program offers graduate work for students pursuing an M.A. or a Ph.D. in the medical humanities. The Medical Humanities Graduate Program also coordinates plans of study leading to M.D.-Ph.D. degrees (as part of UTMB's M.D.-Ph.D. Combined Degree Program) and J.D.-Ph.D. degrees (in collaboration with the University of Houston Law Center). Course work is also available for UTMB graduate students in other programs.


Clinical Ethics Consultation Service

The UTMB Ethics Consultation Service facilitates discussion, analysis and understanding of ethical issues in patient care, and provides ethically appropriate recommendations for solving problems arising in health care practice and research.


Visiting Scholars Program

​The Institute for the Medical Humanities seeks visiting scholars to carry out projects in humanities disciplines that will deepen understanding of, and develop pedagogical approaches to, topics in the medical humanities.



Department Events
John P. McGovern, M.D. Award Lecture in the Medical Humanities
- Autonomy in Crisis, Monica L. Gerrek, Ph.D.
Thursday, July 20, 2017, 12:00 p.m.—1:00 p.m., Jennie Sealy Hospital, Room 2.506A


The Robert and Russell Moody Lecture Series
- Silvia A. Bunge, Ph.D.
"How the Brain Learns to Reason & Reasons to Learn"
Wednesday, September 13, 2017, 6:00p.m.-7:00p.m., Moody Gardens
IMAX Theater


The Robert and Russell Moody Lecture Series
-Robert Duke, Ph.D., Art Markman, Ph.D.
Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 6:00p.m.-7:00p.m., Moody Gardens
IMAX Theater

Additional information coming soon. 


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