With healthcare constantly evolving and being driven by an unquantifiable human factor, the industry is in constant need of developing well-rounded professionals that can help, understand and relate to a broad spectrum of patients. If you hold an appreciation for the history of medicine, the physician-patient relationship, and the need for strong social competence in health care, then you may wish to major in medical humanities.
UTSA’s Medical Humanities Program
UTSA’s Medical Humanities degree draws upon the natural sciences, social sciences, humanities and arts to prepare you for careers in medicine and health. Working within a competency-based framework, this program seeks to interpret the human factors that relate to illness and wellness. You’ll cover a broad range of health and humanity topics like the biology of aging, the psychology of health, social context of drug use, health care systems, medical sociology and more.
The Medical Humanities degree offers two concentrations: Pre-Medicine, which meets the typical application requirements for American medical and dental schools, and the Health Careers concentration, which will prepare you for a wide variety of health-related occupations. Concentrations are declared after you’ve been admitted and have met with your academic advisor.
Careers in Medical Humanities
Top job titles for Medical Humanities graduates include:
• Sales Representative
• Account Manager
• Technical Writer
• Event Planner
• Insurance Sales Agent
Medical Humanities and its related career pathways are currently in average demand in San Antonio for the 2018-19 financial year. US States/Regions with high demand for related jobs include Los Angeles, CA, Chicago, IL and Seattle, WA. More than 144,000 medical humanities-related job opportunities existed nationwide in 2018-19.
UTSA’s University Career Center offers several resources to help students identify and develop the global skills necessary to successfully pursue and achieve lifelong career goals.
Industries for Medical Humanities Graduates
Medical Humanities is a widely applicable major as businesses and organizations across several industries require staff and services related to this major. The industries that posted the largest number of medical humanities-related positions over 2018-19 included:
• Higher Education
• Depository Credit Intermediation
• Consulting Services
• Individual and Family Services
• Museums and Historical Sites
Salaries for Medical Humanities Graduates
The salary range for open medical humanities-related positions in the US between November 2018 and October 2019 were:
Source: Burning Glass
Skills and Interests for Medical Humanities Majors
While many skills and interests translate to potential careers as a Medical Humanities graduate, some are more commonly sought after than others. Medical Humanities may be a good fit for you if:
• You are interested in technology
• You enjoy working with others
• You are detail oriented
• You are well organized
• You are a good planner