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College of Arts & Sciences

Health Humanities


Amy Frost

Assistant, Department of Humanities & University Ministry

Real-world approach to teaching.


Health humanities is a fast-growing field that brings together the arts and the sciences to address the health and well-being of the whole person.

Baker is the only university in Kansas to offer this multidisciplinary major, which means Baker students have a unique opportunity usually only available to students at much larger institutions. Health humanities embodies Baker’s forward-thinking approach to undergraduate education.

The flexible curriculum encourages students to develop their individual interests and prepares them for a variety of careers, such as health care administration, public health and health promotions, patient care coordination, patient advocacy, and pharmaceutical sales. Health humanities graduates work for nonprofit organizations, state or federal government, hospitals, medical offices, and insurance companies. With further education, they can go on to become art therapists, medical illustrators, medical librarians, medical historians, or health lawyers.

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Since 2000, the number of health humanities programs has more than quadrupled in the United States, and Baker University is excited to be the first institution in Kansas to offer this cutting-edge program.

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Exceptional Experience


Stronger Leaders in Health Care

Recent studies report that students who major in health humanities programs see improved performance in pre-medicine and health graduate programs, in health care delivery, and in health care leadership.

Flexible Curriculum & Personal Attention

The variety within this multidisciplinary program encourages critical thinking, scientific inquiry, and problem-solving skills. Our small classes ensure students get personal attention from faculty members and engage in robust discussions with classmates.

Preparation for Grad School

When paired with a major in the natural sciences or the behavioral and social sciences, a health humanities major or minor helps prepare students for graduate work or health professions programs.


Our health humanities majors have gone on to the following careers:

  • Health care administration
  • Public health and health promotions
  • Patient care coordination
  • Patient advocacy
  • Pharmaceutical sales
  • Art therapy
  • Medical illustrators
  • Librarians
  • Historians
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The Departments of Humanities and Applied Health Sciences gives these awards with financial prizes to be applied to the following year’s tuition:

  • Mildred Hunt Riddle Departmental Recognition Scholarship for Humanities
  • Dr. Irene Murphy Memorial Scholarship
  • Etta and Orin Murphy Scholarship Kahle Endowed Scholarship
  • Kahle Endowed Scholarship
  • The Moorman Prize for Prose Writing
  • The Moorman Prize for Poetry Writing
  • Jefferson-Greiner Scholarship
  • Mildred Hunt Riddle Departmental Recognition Scholarship for Exercise Science
  • Benjamin A. Gessner Award
  • Thomas G. Manson and Frances B. Manson Scholarship
  • Robert L. Miller Scholarship
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Health Humanities Course Descriptions

Meet the Faculty

Tamara SlankardDr. Tamara Slankard
Associate Professor of English
B.A. Belmont University, M.A. University of Tulsa, Ph.D. State University of New York at Stony Brook
Expertise: American literature, modernism, women’s and gender studies, cultural studies
Office: Case 305E

Joanne Janssen

Dr. Joanne Nystrom Janssen
Associate Professor of English
B.A. Bethel University, M.A. Ball State University, Ph.D. University of Iowa
Expertise: British literature, 19th century literature and culture, periodical culture, postcolonial and world literature
Office: Case 305B

Dr. Erin Holt
Associate Professor of Exercise Science
B.A. Park University, M.A. Southeast Missouri State, Ed.D. Delta State University
Office: Mabee Hall 404

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