Davidson's Health and Human Values Department promotes an interdisciplinary perspective of health and health care. It enables you to appreciate the strengths and limits of the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities as they seek to explain and to achieve a measure of control over disease, illness and suffering. The interdisciplinary minor helps you grasp how legal, economic, and political institutions influence the production, distribution and delivery of health care services, provides you with a foundation in epidemiological principles, and teaches you how to evaluate and apply the principles of scientific integrity.
Health and Human Values courses emphasize the role ethical values play in defining problems as "medical," the worth of scientific study, and the call for mobilization of social as well as individual resources. The courses help you develop the analytical skills that permit clear thinking and writing about the complex tradeoffs involved in developing, using and paying for health care.