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Minor in Medicine, Health and Culture

What is a medicine, health and culture minor?

Health and disease affect the whole person, so a full understanding of wellness requires gaining social, psychological, cultural, religious, historical, economic, legal and philosophical perspectives. The medicine, health and culture interdisciplinary minor at Furman explores and critiques traditional, historical and contemporary paradigms of medical care and the intricacies of health and healing as a way of bringing depth to your chosen educational path.

Why study medicine, health and culture at Furman?

As a private liberal arts and sciences university, Furman provides an exceptional environment for multidisciplinary studies, allowing students to make connections between multiple areas of interest. The medicine, health and culture minor includes course work from more than 10 different academic disciplines. Small class sizes facilitate one-on-one access to faculty members who are among the best in their fields. Get in touch with our admissions team to learn more.

How will you learn?

Research projects are a significant part of the Furman experience, and students in the medicine, health and culture minor will have many opportunities to share their research with the campus community. Field work and independent study also factor into the minor, as well as international study options focused on global health inequities. And many students participate in internships to help them explore their passions. Visit our campus or request information to learn more.

Careers for medicine, health and culture minors

The medicine, health and culture minor provides an opportunity to explore health, medicine, wellness, illness and the body from multiple perspectives using various methodologies.

These topics are not only important for students considering a career in health care – this minor will help you expand your knowledge of policy, law, psychology, economics, religion, sociology, culture and technology, providing crucial perspectives for careers such as:

  • Educator
  • Doctor or health care worker
  • Nonprofit manager
  • Psychologist
  • Economist
  • Lawyer

Medicine, health and culture courses: What will you study?

Health Economics

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Healthcare, Public Policy, & Law

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94%
placement rate for all students six months after graduating (employed or in graduate school)
70+
total areas of study at Furman
No. 2
Top Colleges in South Carolina, according to Forbes

What our students say

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“Through the medicine, health and culture minor, I studied how social factors, such as living and working conditions, influence health outcomes and was able to observe classroom concepts in during clinical observations. The minor provided broad perspectives of the medical field and offered valuable insight about providing holistic care, which will greatly assist me as I pursue a career as a physician.” - Christine Fasana ’22

Our faculty

  • M. Carmela Epright
    Title:

    Professor of Philosophy

    Carmela Epright

    M. Carmela Epright
    Title:

    Professor of Philosophy

    Phone Number: 8642942288

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  • John J. Banisaukas
    Title:

    Director of Pre-Professional Advising, Chief Health Careers Advisor

    John Banisaukas

    John J. Banisaukas
    Title:

    Director of Pre-Professional Advising, Chief Health Careers Advisor

    Phone Number: 8642943042

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  • Timothy Fehler
    Title:

    William E. Leverette, Jr., Professor, History

    Timothy Fehler

    Timothy Fehler
    Title:

    William E. Leverette, Jr., Professor, History

    Phone Number: 8642943347

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  • David Fleming
    Title:

    Associate Professor, Politics and International Affairs; Senior Researcher, Riley Institute

    David Fleming

    David Fleming
    Title:

    Associate Professor, Politics and International Affairs; Senior Researcher, Riley Institute

    Phone Number: 8642942360

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  • Elizabeth Holt
    Title:

    Assistant Professor of Health Sciences

    Elizabeth Holt
    Title:

    Assistant Professor of Health Sciences

    Phone Number: 8642943613

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  • Kristy Maher
    Title:

    Professor, Sociology

    Kristy Maher
    Title:

    Professor, Sociology

    Phone Number: 8642943302

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  • Jessica Sauve-Syed
    Title:

    Robert E. Hughes Assistant Professor of Economics

    Jessica Sauve-Syed

    Jessica Sauve-Syed
    Title:

    Robert E. Hughes Assistant Professor of Economics

    Phone Number: 8642943187

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  • How do I declare a minor?

    Similar to declaring a major, students meet with the minor chair to discuss the requirements.

    How many minors can I declare?

    There is no limit to the number of minors a student can declare.

    Why should I take on a minor?

    A minor program is an excellent way to explore further interests, gain additional skills to attract future employers, and discover connections between different subjects you’re passionate about. Many students find that taking on a minor makes for a more well-rounded and complete educational experience.

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