Division of Health and Humanities

Introduction

The Division for Humanities and Health is a very recent addition to the research institute – it started functioning at its present location in 2011. The mission for Humanities and Health has been structured around three broad objectives aimed at enhancing knowledge and debate about health issues in a changing world, promoting the idea of the humanities in health among practitioners of health care and strengthening societal inputs into debates of health issues.
 
Objective 1: To promote creative and scholarly work at the interface between arts, humanities and medicine and health in order to enhance our understanding of the contextual meanings of illness, healthcare, and the human condition.
 
Objective 2: To educate medical and nursing students and healthcare providers about the links between the humanities and the practice of medicine with the aim of making them more humane practitioners.
 
Objective 3: To widen the dialogue between peoples in society and health practitioners so as to realize the ideal of “person-centered” care.