Medicine and Health Cluster

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Medicine and Health Cluster

Medicine and Health is a new cluster that aims to bring together students, staff and faculty on campus working in global and public health, psychology, the biomedical sciences, wellness, and diverse humanistic and social-scientific fields. Medicine is traditionally present in the collegiate setting only as a preprofessional track; the M&H Cluster aims to situate medicine and health squarely within the liberal arts, as objects of critical study in their own right. It encourages participation from those working at the crossroads of health studies and other fields, such as ecology and environmental science, human rights, difference and justice, architecture and design, or media and the arts. The M&H Cluster will encourage experiential learning about medicine and health through the hosting of events bringing together academics with medical researchers and healthcare workers; the facilitation of interdisciplinary engagements between those studying medicine and those studying health; and the encouragement of engaged learning in healthcare settings locally (on campus and around Annandale) and globally (though the College’s global partners). Along with providing a hub for community members to share their work, the M&H Cluster also aims to provide resources for those pursuing research on health-related topics, broadly conceived. Such resources may include connecting researchers with experts who can provide feedback and guidance; matching students with externship opportunities in medicine and public health settings; and providing a warm and receptive environment for those seeking to brainstorm and develop new efforts on these themes.