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Andrea H. Kovalesky
B HLTH 450
Bothell Campus

Exploring the Humanities in Healthcare

Explores how one or more of the arts/humanities are used in healthcare settings to help patients, their families and friends, and healthcare professionals: promote wellness, healing and recovery; and process illness, trauma, or loss experiences.

Class description

We will look at how various artistic modalites are used in contemporary healthcare to promote healing and recovery. Art modalities include: Paintings/drawings; photography; sculpture; fiber arts; movement; poetry; mixed-media story-telling; music; architecture; landscaping. We will also explore the use of expressive art activities with specific populations, for example, with elders, veterans, persons with mental health or substance use concerns, and other aggregates.

Student learning goals

Discuss at least 5 art modalities using descriptive terms pertinent to each modality

Identify how various art modalities are used in contemporary healthcare

Gain practice in reviewing quantitative and qualitative empirical evidence that relates to the use of the arts in healthcare today

Assess how one or more expressive art activities can function as a de-stressor in your life

Analyze aesthetic components of contemporary healthcare environments

General method of instruction

Mini-lectures; artistic activities within and outside of class; Discussion groups within class and on Canvas; Web-site viewing of art programs and art modalities used in healthcare; on-line powerpoint modules; videos

Recommended preparation

No artistic background is needed for this course; Familiarity with healthcare is preferred; Upper division skills in critical reading, writing, and scholarly information retrievel are expected

Class assignments and grading

Completion of assigned e-reserve readings and web-site viewings prior to class (there is no textbook for this course). Written analysis of artistic activities and of research articles; one-longer written paper (assessment of aesthetics in hospital environment or literature review on selected topic); participation in class activities and discussion board.

Thorough completion of assignments; depth of integration of course material into assignments and discussions


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Andrea H. Kovalesky
Date: 06/05/2013