Medical Humanities


This Ph.D. program is open to students having either a scientific or a philosophical degree, such as Psychology, Cognitive Science, Medicine, Statistics, Philosophy, Sociology and Law. The course aims to create internationally recognized scholars in the fields of medical humanities, psychology, cognitive science, bioethics, ethical analysis and the relationships between biomedicine and society.
Particularly, the program will deal broadly with the interdisciplinary conceptualization of a personalized (tailored) approach to investigate patients and diseases in different areas, namely:

Prevention (including the construct of empowerment and knowledge analysis)
Education (including the study of clinical reasoning and patient-health provider communication)
Clinical (including the study and the evaluation of the patient from a psycho-cognitive point of view in different acute and chronic condition and end-life support)
Medical decision making (including decision aids, tools for medical preferences, supporting doctor and health professionals’ choices)

The issue of personalization will be investigated in the general framework of health and cognitive psychology in conjunction with the tradition of medicine and philosophy. More specifically, the research conducted at Medical Humanities program will be oriented by the question “How can we become expert in evaluating patients’ conditions and their medical profiles by using a personalized approach?”, with an eye on both psychological factors (cognitive, emotional, and personality aspects), clinical/medical issues of biomedicine, and ethical analysis of human being and medical decision-making. The research activity will be part of the training.

Scientific coordinator
Prof. Gabriella Pravettoni

Prof. Gabriella Pravettoni

Prof. Ketti Mazzocco

Didactic and research supporting team
Prof. Alessandra Gorini
Prof. Ketti Mazzocco
Dr. Dario Monzani

Taught courses

Courses include a full multidisciplinary training both in psychology and cognitive science, medical decision-making, research methodology for social sciences, probability and statistics, philosophy of sciences, bioethics, ethics and epistemology, logic, biology.