Social Medicine in Medical Education

The Center for Medical Humanities and Social Medicine is committed to critical pedagogy with clinical and public health professions trainees as well as undergraduate and graduate students in a range of social science and humanities disciplines. This program seeks to build students’ structural capacities in social medicine, an interdisciplinary field which engages clinical, social science, public health, and health policy perspectives to better understand and intervene upon the social determinants, social meanings, and social responses to illness and health. The practice of social medicine draws attention to the fact that all disease, cure, prevention, and health care inherently have social as well as biological dimensions that are of equal importance in ensuing positive health outcomes.   

Center scholars are actively involved in curriculum development and didactic education for medical students in their pre-clinical and clinical years at Johns Hopkins.  Through our contributions to broader curricular goals and more granular course content, we aim to train health professional students in critical awareness of structural forces, including racism, that shape health experiences, outcomes, and systems. 

Researchers

Joanna Behrman

Graduate Fellow

William Egginton

Director, Alexander Grass Humanities Institute; Professor, German and Romance Languages & Literatures, KSAS

Henry Fessler

Director, Fellowship Training Program in Pulmonary and Critical Care; Professor, SOM

Yulia Frumer

Professor, History of Science and Technology, KSAS

Jeremy Greene, Director

Director, Center for Medical Humanities & Social Medicine; Professor, Medicine & History of Medicine, SOM

Lindsey Grubbs

Graduate Fellow

Alexander Parry

Graduate Fellow

Daniel Polsky

Distinguished Professor

Carolyn Sufrin, Associate Director

Associate Director, Center for Medical Humanities & Social Medicine; Professor, SOM

Charles Wiener

Professor, Medicine, SOM; Director Emeritus, Osler Internal Medicine Training Program

Roy Ziegelstein

Vice Dean for Education at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Upcoming Events

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Past Events

November 12, 2021
9:00 am / 5:00 pm

Trans/Medicine Workshop

Critical Pedagogies of Health and Society / Medicine, Science, & Humanities

Medicine and medical understandings have played prominent and problematic features in framing transgender historiography. Often, the critical role of trans people in shaping and contesting medical knowledge and practices has ...

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Workshop on Transgender Politics & Medicine


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September 22, 2021
5:00 pm

Susceptibility, Surveillance, and Stigma: A Conversation on History, Infectious Disease, and Genomics

Media, Data, & Health / Race, Racism, & Health

Robert H. Levi Leadership Symposium in Bioethics and Health Policy

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September 17, 2021
9:00 am

Black Beyond Data: Combating Racial Injustice Through the Digital Humanities: An Introduction

Media, Data, & Health / Race, Racism, & Health

The Sawyer Seminar on Precision and Uncertainty in a World of Data (a grant co-sponsored with Center for Medical Humanities & Social Medicine’s and the Department of ...

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May 28, 2021
2:00 pm / 3:30 pm

Bioethics: Reckoning with Structures

Epidemic//Endemic / Media, Data, & Health / Race, Racism, & Health

Featuring Dr. Robbie Shilliam and Dr. Jeffrey Kahn of Johns Hopkins University. To register, visit

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April 30, 2021
Featured2:00 pm / 4:00 pm

VERDANT MEDICINE: Hildegard’s Resonant Apothecary

Arts, Humanities, & Health / Medicine, Science, & Humanities

VERDANT MEDICINE: HIlDEGARD'S RESONANT APOTHECARY, a livestream concert by medieval ensemble Alkemie and a roundtable conversation on the medicinal use of plants by composer, abbess, and apothecary Hildegard of Bingen.Register by Apr. 22 to receive mailed "intersensory program cards"!

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April 9, 2021
2:00 pm / 3:30 pm

Global Health, Justice, & Activism

Critical Global Health Studies / Epidemic//Endemic / Race, Racism, & Health

Featuring Dr. Gregg Gonsalves & Dr. Alexandre White Fourth iteration of speaker series – Epidemic//Endemic: Medical Humanities & Social Medicine 2020-21 Zoom Webinar Registration For more information ...

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March 12, 2021
2:00 pm / 3:30 pm

Public Health and the State

Critical Global Health Studies / Epidemic//Endemic / Race, Racism, & Health

Public Health and the State Featuring Dr. Lawrence Brown & Dr. Graham Mooney Fourth iteration of speaker series – Epidemic//Endemic: Medical Humanities & Social Medicine 2020-21 Zoom ...

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February 26, 2021
2:00 pm / 3:30 pm

Health Disparities and Structural Racism

Epidemic//Endemic / Media, Data, & Health / Past Events / Race, Racism, & Health

Health Disparities and Structural Racism Featuring Dr. Claire Decoteau & Dr. Lisa Cooper Speaker series – Epidemic//Endemic: Medical Humanities & Social Medicine 2020-21 Zoom Webinar Registration For ...

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February 3, 2021

Conference: Critical Conversations on Reproductive Health/Care: Past, Present, and Future

Past Events / Reproduction, Health, & Society

Place: Online Conference, event links will be sent to those who register. Dates: February 3-7, 2021

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