Read more about the program's goals and initiatives.

Thoughts about the medical humanities by Program members.

Read more about program faculty, affiliates, and partners.

Find out more about upcoming and past events sponsored by PMH.

PMH sponsors interdisciplinary courses on such topics as aging and old age, suffering, and death. See syllabi of select courses.



Research Associates
LaVera Crawley

PMH Fellow

Palliative Care Chaplain Alta Bates Summit Medical Center

Linda Hatofsky

PMH Fellow

Stuart Kandell

Marilyn McEntyre

Adjunct Professor in Medical Humanities UC Berkeley-UC San Francisco Joint Medical Program

Marc Pollock

PMH Research Fellow

Clinical Professor of Medicine UCB- UCSF Joint Medical Program

Lucia Tanassi


The Program for the Medical Humanities is uniquely situated on the UC Berkeley campus, a preeminent institution for the humanities, anthropology, social and behavioral sciences. The Program is established within the Center for Science, Technology, Medicine, and Society, with associations with:


We welcome further partnerships with the following purposes in mind:

  • Providing opportunities for students and faculty to engage in interdisciplinary efforts to address questions and problems facing medicine in a multicultural society.
  • Creating a regional forum for intellectual exchange and interdisciplinary research among scholars in medicine, the humanities, social and behavioral sciences, and law.
  • Offering a means of engaging practicing health care professionals in this dialogue.
  • Promoting interdisciplinary projects within the community in order to increase public awareness of medicine’s ethical and policy dilemmas, and enhance public health.