Jefferson Humanities & Health

Jefferson Humanities & Health supports student engagement in the arts and humanities to promote essential skills related to healthcare including close observation, critical thinking, communication and empathy.

Throughout the year, our programs highlight the social contexts of health and wellness, lived experiences of diverse individuals and communities, and self-care for health professionals.

Each academic year, Jefferson Humanities & Health explores a thought-provoking theme from a wide range of perspectives. During 2023-2024, the Jefferson Humanities Forum speaker series will bring a handful of multidisciplinary scholars and thinkers to investigate the theme Futures.


The work of an 18-member student editorial team and 45 student contributors merged to produce the newly-minted edition of 2024 Inside Out. We are moved by the range of media, content, and creativity enclosed in these pages. 

Submissions will be open in fall 2024 for Inside Out 2025.

From May 1 to July 1, 2024 visit the Helix Gallery in the Dorrance H. Hamilton Building for Creativity in Motion, featuring the work of Jefferson student artists Connor Crutchfield, Sanskruti Dave, Amanda Rose Farese, Benjamin Fleet, Meryem Guler, Faith Higgins, Sarah Muche-Smith, Abhijeet Sambangi, Elizabeth Upton, and Madison Woods.

Gallery hours are by appointment only. Contact Megan Voeller, Director of Humanities, at to make an appointment.


From January 13 to August 5, 2024, visit Unhoused: Personal Stories and Public Health at Philadelphia's Mutter Museum.

This exhibit confronts the crisis of housing insecurity in America through the lens of public health and features the portraiture of Toronto-based photographer Leah den Bok and the artwork of Dallas-based artist Willie Baronet, whose installation is composed of hundreds of cardboard signs the artist has purchased over the past thirty years from people experiencing homelessness. 

This exhibit includes  content expertise of Dr. Rosie Frasso, Professor of Population Health, Program Director, Public Health and Director, Mixed Methods Research, Asano-Gonella Center for Medical Education & Health Care, Sidney Kimmel Medical College.

This exhibit is not sponsored by Jefferson Humanities & Health.

We are excited to share with you a virtual Opioid & Pain Management course. Regardless of the type of provider you are training to become, opioid prescribing and pain management will be relevant parts of your practice. This 1–2-hour course discusses opioid prescribing by going through 8 cases featuring different patient populations. Our goal is to fill a gap in medical education regarding opioid knowledge and prescribing so that we can prepare physicians to responsibly prescribe and manage patients' pain care.

The course does not need to be completed in one sitting and is currently part of an ongoing research study. We would greatly appreciate your participation and feedback. 

On the landing page there is a summary of the curriculum and cases. Scroll to the bottom and click "Enter Course," then click "Enroll for free." Please don't skip the pre- and post test.

This course can be taken for one credit towards the Asano Humanities and Health Certificate. Access the attendance survey for participation credit here.


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