Arts & Humanities in Health & Medicine

Arts & Humanities in Health & Medicine (AHHM) program in the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Alberta offers explicit recognition that clinical practice is both an art and a science. The AHHM program recognizes the many relationships that exist between the arts, humanities, social sciences and medicine. Our program exists to initiate activity and inquiry into these intersections, and to provide a focus for existing activities in this area across the faculty, the University of Alberta and elsewhere.

The mission of the AHHM program is to engender a balance of science and the humanities within the faculty, in order to foster the development of well-rounded health professionals who are skilled, caring, reflexive and compassionate practitioners. The program aims to contribute to the life of the faculty, the university at large, and the Edmonton community through innovative curricular offerings and extra-curricular experiences. In addition, the program promotes inquiry into the intersections of the arts and humanities in health and medicine. The AHHM program explicitly recognizes that clinical practice is both an art and a science; it’s ongoing and expanding programming provides evidence of the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry’s commitment to the human side of medicine.

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