Davidson's Health and Human Values Department promotes an interdisciplinary perspective of health, healthcare, and population health. 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 and prevention over disease, illness and suffering. The interdisciplinary minor helps you grasp how social structures and forces influence health, 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 how the socioecological model and ethical values impact the distribution of health. The courses help you develop the analytical skills that permit clear thinking and writing about the complex tradeoffs involved in addressing and improving health.