The Center for Health Humanities and Ethics brings theories, techniques, and tools of humanities disciplines, including ethics, to the study and practice of medicine and other health professions, to the care of patients, performance of research, and development of health care policy. Center faculty collaborate with peers and programs in other UVA schools—notably, Arts & Sciences, Law, Nursing, and Architecture—and, within Medicine, in public health, geriatrics, palliative care, physician wellness, medical education, faculty development, chaplaincy services, several clinical specialties, and Historical Collections of the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library.
The center continues to produce Medical Center Hour, which will mark its fiftieth season in 2020-2021.
The center is home to the Edward W. Hook Scholars Program in Humanities and Ethics for selected medical students—usually, three or four per class year—who seek to make the humanities, arts, or ethics an integral part of their medical education and professional life. The first Hook Scholars cohort graduated in 2016. Each summer, the center hosts bioethics interns, usually undergraduate students or recent graduates, from UVA and other colleges and universities.
Since 2013, the center has partnered with UVA’s Fralin Museum of Art on Clinician’s Eye, a visual observation workshop for apprentice clinicians.
New program development within the center includes Studies in Reproductive Ethics and Justice, with a dual focus on scholarship and service. The center is a key player in a novel interdisciplinary/interprofessional clinical program, Virginia at Home, for comprehensive elder care. Looking forward, at the heart of the center’s work is the Fusion Lab, which fosters education, research, and service initiatives that fundamentally integrate health humanities and ethics.