Bachelor of Arts in Healthcare and Medical Humanities

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Earn a Helping and Healing Degree That Leads to Impact

Imagine a healthcare system where practitioners in both clinical and non-clinical roles prioritize deeply understanding the people they serve, extending their expertise beyond treating illness to embrace the emotional, ethical, and cultural elements of well-being.

To build authentic connections and diverse perspectives in healthcare, we must interact with people as whole human beings. That means cultivating empathy through close attention, perception, and observation, whether you work in direct patient care, public health, patient advocacy, or any role that requires heightened emotional and cultural sensitivity.

Rooted in the concept of narrative medicine — the practice of integrating patients’ stories and experiences into their care — the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Healthcare and Medical Humanities (HMH) from Wilson College Online transcends the traditional confines of medical science education. Our program imparts applicable, empathy-based skills so you’re prepared to be a keen observer, active listener, skilled interpreter of story, and thoughtful advocate who sees every patient as a whole person.

Choose Wilson for Your Healthcare and Medical Humanities Degree

Our online HMH degree equips you with essential skills to excel in any healthcare environment. Our interdisciplinary approach combines practical knowledge with social, ethical, and spiritual considerations of human care, honing your ability to perceive, observe, interpret, and empathize in both clinical and nonclinical healthcare settings. During your time in the program, you’ll learn to:

  • Improve your communication skills with other healthcare personnel
  • Develop strong patient-provider relationships through building trust
  • Delve into sociocultural awareness and self-reflection
  • Understand strategies for problem-solving, conflict resolution, and stress management

What Will You Do With Your Healthcare and Medical Humanities Degree?

A degree in healthcare and medical humanities prepares you for a variety of both clinical and nonclinical careers. The program is also a great stepping stone to graduate-level medical or nursing programs. Some common career paths include:

Some potential career paths include:


  • Nursing
  • Midwifery
  • Social work
  • Mental health
  • Occupational therapy
  • Substance abuse counseling
  • Behavioral health
  • Disability/rehabilitation support
  • Dentistry


  • Health administration
  • Patient advocacy
  • Public health or community health
  • Medical or pharmaceutical sales
  • Health education
  • Genetic counseling
  • Court interpreting
  • Funeral service and grief work
  • Medical ethics
  • Health policy
  • Global health

Curriculum & Courses

Major Requirements

The following are the major's requirements. Students must also fulfill all other requirements in the degree to obtain 120 credits for graduation.

Required Courses

COM 220

Interpersonal Communication

3 credit hours

GS 240

Global Health

3 credit hours

HSC 222

Narrative Medicine

3 credit hours

PHI 205


3 credit hours

- or -

PHI 230

Healthcare Ethics

3 credit hours

PSY 110

Introduction to Psychology

3 credit hours

- or -

SOC 120

Introduction to Sociology

3 credit hours

RLS 223

Death and Dying

3 credit hours

HUM 300

Healthcare and Medical Humanities Service Project

3 credit hours

Healthcare and Medical Humanities Electives

One additional course in ethical thinking.

Choose from any ETH-designated course in environmental studies, philosophy, or religion studies.

One course in close reading.

Choose from any LIT-designated course at the 300 level in English, religion studies, Spanish, or women’s studies—or AWS 305: Ancient Medicine.

One course in visual analysis.

Choose from any course in art history or film, PHI 335: Aesthetics, or WS 321: Feminist Theory: Visual Culture.

One course in human problems, experiences, and perspectives.

Choose from any course at the 200 level or higher in sociology; or any non-laboratory course at the 200 level or higher in psychology.

One course in executing/embodying perspectives.

Choose from any course in studio art, creative writing, or dance performance/choreography.

Tuition and Financial Aid

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Summer ’24: $370 per credit hour Fall ’24: $380 per credit hour

6-14 credits per semester

6-14 credits per semester

Financial assistance and payment plans available

Financial assistance and payment plans available

Wilson College Online is committed to making your education as affordable as possible. We’re proud to offer online courses at under $400 per credit hour as a private college—which is lower than the national average cost of four-year public universities. Plus, our dedicated financial services team will help you get the aid you deserve.

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Personal Learning Environment

Our 13:1 student-to-faculty ratio ensures every student gets the individualized attention they deserve.

Flexible Coursework

Flexible Coursework

Asynchronous coursework allows you to work at your own pace with no set class times—enabling you to earn a degree when and where it makes sense for you.

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Attentive Faculty

Our devoted faculty truly care about your success, both in the classroom and beyond. Their virtual door is always open for mentorship, career advice, and academic support.

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Regional Recognition

Wilson College provides the opportunity for transformative education, which is why U.S. News named the institution among the Top Performers on Social Mobility in the North.

Unique Program

Unique Program

As one of few healthcare and medical humanities programs available online, our program will allow you to prepare for an impactful career no matter where you’re located.

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Sense of Belonging

Our online programs honor Wilson’s rich history of providing accessible and inclusive education. No matter your background, you belong at Wilson.

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What You Need for Admission

We believe in equitable education and the individuality of every student. Each student has had their own experiences that have led them to Wilson, and those specific experiences should be weighed when a student is applying for admission.

That’s why Wilson College Online reviews every application on a holistic, case-by-case basis, without any steadfast GPA or standardized test score requirements. Every student's application is assessed solely on their own merits, not against any hardline admission requirements.

Required Documents for
First-Time-in-College Applicants

  • Official high school transcript

Required Documents for
Transfer Applicants

  • Official high school transcript
  • Official college transcript(s)

About Wilson College

Initially founded as an all-women’s college in 1869, Wilson College’s mission is to empower students to be confident critical thinkers, creative visionaries, effective communicators, and agents of justice in their communities. Across all programs and fields of study, the College is fiercely committed to and passionate about providing student-centric education and individualized attention and support to ensure our students succeed.

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