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Northeastern University (Boston, MA 02115-5005)
Sari Altschuler (Project Director: September 2021 to present)
Christopher M. Parsons (Co Project Director: March 2022 to present)
Humanities and the Digital Future of Health and Healthcare: A Curriculum

A three-year project to implement a half major in digital health humanities.

Early in the pandemic, a group of physicians declared that healthcare might not be prepared, but “the new reality is that virtual care has arrived.” COVID-19 has made healthcare more digital—and revealed how data-driven and digital it already was. We propose to implement a curriculum at Northeastern to prepare students to address the social and cultural aspects of this digital revolution and to be alert to the significant ethical issues it raises. Our digital health humanities curriculum will train students with diverse interdisciplinary skills for tomorrow’s jobs. Humanities, health, and computer science faculty will collaborate to design courses to grow our Health Humanities minor into a half major, which will pair with Health Science and Public Health to form two new combined majors with a focus in digital health. The grant will also support experiential learning opportunities for NU students in and beyond the university and open-access modules made freely available for all.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

Humanities Connections Implementation Grants

Education Programs

$149,673 (approved)
$149,673 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2022 – 8/31/2025