Health and Humanities

The University of Arizona Health Sciences is committed to educating and training our students to tackle the global health challenges of the 21st century. In the ever-changing world of science and medicine, developing critical thinking skills through engaging curricula and studying the arts and humanities can help our medical, nursing, pharmacy and public health students maintain balance and develop resiliency, self-awareness and open communication — qualities essential to a successful career. Through our growing selection of arts- and humanities-focused programs and offerings, we are inspiring our future health care leaders, practitioners and researchers to be holistic problem solvers who are able to form meaningful connections with patients, colleagues and communities.

Health Sciences design

Design thinking is a creative problem-solving approach that involves a holistic understanding of a problem, an in-depth exploration of possible solutions, and a thorough testing process. For example, health professionals might find solutions to high diabetes rates by examining the deep root causes: access to healthful food, opportunities for exercise, the constrictions of everyday people’s day-to-day lives. By learning a new way of viewing the world, design thinkers can tackle messy problems that don’t have clear-cut answers. Recognizing the benefits of a more comprehensive approach to problem solving, the University of Arizona Health Sciences is incorporating design thinking into its curricula.

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Infusing art into health and science

El Mirador Project is a visionary public arts program that recognizes the transformative power of art in the education and training of compassionate, committed health care professionals, infusing the University of Arizona Health Sciences campus with art and related programming to nurture creativity and empathy in our students, faculty, staff and community.

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