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 2022-2023, the Jefferson Humanities Forum speaker series will bring a handful of multidisciplinary scholars and thinkers to investigate the theme Repair.


Registration has now opened for the 2022-2023 Asano Humanities & Health Certificate - register for the program here!

The Asano Humanities & Health Certificate is a co-curricular program that rewards sustained engagement in arts and humanities activities throughout the academic year. All Jefferson students are invited to complete the certificate by attending eight (8) Jefferson Humanities & Health events and completing a reflection portfolio of four (4) reflection prompts.

The deadline to attend events and submit portfolio requirements is Monday, March 27, 2023, 11:59 p.m.

Questions? Reach out to Kirstin Bowen, Humanities Program Coordinator.

All Jefferson students are encouraged to submit, prose, poetry, art, and photographs for publication in the annual literary and arts journal, Inside Out

Submission deadline is Wednesday, February 1, 2023, 11:59 p.m. 

Submit at

  • Writer’s/Artist’s name
  • Email address
  • Phone number
  • College, Program and Year of Graduation
  • Title and Medium (for visual art) of each submission piece

Maximum four submissions per person. Submissions are judged anonymously by a committee of Jefferson student editors.

Questions about the submission process? Contact Kirsten Bowen, Humanities Program Coordinator,

Interested in joining the Inside Out student editorial committee?

We’re looking for new members from East Falls and Center City. Editorial committee members must be current Jefferson students and commit to attending two editorial meetings during the Spring 2023 semester. For more information, contact John Curran,

Check out past issues at

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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