Proposed: November 20, 2008
Adopted: by voice vote without dissent
RESOLUTION TO ESTABLISH A PROGRAM
LEADING TO A MASTER OF SCIENCE DEGREE
IN NARRATIVE MEDICINE AT COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY
(SCHOOL OF CONTINUING EDUCATION)
WHEREAS Effective practice of health care requires the ability to recognize, absorb, interpret and act on the stories and plights of others, and
WHEREAS narrative medicine is an interdisciplinary field that challenges the divisions between and among professionals and patients and addresses our need as patients or caregivers to give voice to our experience, and
WHEREAS Columbia University’s program in Narrative Medicine is highly successful and draws on an interdisciplinary faculty to direct, administer and teach in the proposed Master of Science degree curriculum, and
WHEREAS Columbia University, through its School of Continuing Education, is uniquely positioned to bring together faculty from medicine, social sciences, arts, and humanities to an active exchange of ideas and to attract students from varying disciplines to the emerging field of narrative medicine, and
WHEREAS the proposed degree program neither duplicates nor replaces programs or courses already offered at the University or in the Northeast region of the United States, and
WHEREAS there is a clear need for persons working in the medical professions, social sciences and humanitarian fields to better understand and convey the experience of health related matters,
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Senate establish the Master of Science Degree in Narrative Medicine at Columbia University, and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Senate forward this resolution to the Trustees for appropriate action.
Committee on Education
MS Degree in Narrative Medicine
Program Proposal Overview
Description: an interdisciplinary field of study designed to improve the narrative competence of healthcare practitioners for the purpose of increasing the quality of patient care and establishing more effective clinical practice.
Course of Study: 38 – 40 point curriculum (4000-level courses)
Intended students: healthcare professionals and trainees in clinical disciplines such as medicine, nursing, social work, physical therapy, occupational therapy, psychoanalysis, pastoral care, graduate literature studies, writing and health journalism, oral history, medical anthropology, and students in other social sciences who wish to privilege their own understandings of illness and disability in their own scholarly activities or become involved in the education of healthcare professionals.
Professional options for graduates:
Related programs in the Northeast: