Medical Humanities faculty support the Medical School curriculum, participating in the Patient, Physician and Society and Upstream Medicine courses in Year 1, Neuroscience and ICM in Year 2, ethics case conferences in the Psychiatry, Women’s Health, and Surgery Clerkships in Year 3, and diverse first, second, and fourth-year electives. In 2016, these included Health Care in Developing Countries, Health Care in the Global Community, Future Directions in Global Health, Literature and Medicine, Race, Sex and Gender in Medical Education, the Holocaust, Medical Education Research, and a student-initiated elective on Professional Identity Development.
Public Health activities include an elective on Public Health Ethics and Policy and ongoing work with the Ethics Committee at Public Health - Dayton and Montgomery County.
Research interests of participating faculty include topics in medical humanities, medical ethics, medical education, global health, and medical education research.
Mary T. White, M.Div., Ed.M., Ph.D.
Dr. White is a professor in the Department of Population and Public Health Sciences and Director of Medical Humanities at the Boonshoft School of Medicine. She teaches courses in medical ethics and humanities, public health ethics, and global health, and participates in basic science courses and clinical clerkships. Her research interests include ethical issues in genetic testing and counseling, research ethics, global health ethics, end-of-life care, and decision-making. Dr. White’s global health experience includes a sabbatical at Mbarara University of Science and Technology in Uganda, teaching and research partnerships with the University of Gondar in Ethiopia, and ongoing involvement with the Kossoye Development Project in Ethiopia.
Dr. White joined the faculty at the Boonshoft School of Medicine in 1995. She received her PhD from the Institute of the Medical Humanities, University of Texas Medical Branch (1995), and MDiv and EdM degrees from Harvard Divinity School and Graduate School of Education (1987).