Humanism in Health and Healthcare


This Humanism in Health and Healthcare introductory course provides foundational theoretical and practical knowledge and skills, as well as an opportunity to plan (with locally and globally available peers and mentors) humanistic strategies, and practice humanistic techniques to assist patients in achieving positive health behavior changes.  All parts of this training are free, including registration, learning, testing, and a certificate of completion. This course is intended for physicians, nurses, and allied health professionals in training and in practice. 

This Humanism in Health and Healthcare course was developed in partnership with the Oakland University — William Beaumont School of Medicine and The Arnold P. Gold Foundation. Like all courses, it is competency-based, using competencies from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, the Association of American Medical Colleges, and the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners.

Gold Foundation

The course developers are Jason Adam Wasserman, Ph.D., and Stephen Loftus, Ph.D.; additional content creators are Ashley Inez Garzaniti, MSIV; Nathan Loudon, MSIV; Matthew Drogowski, MD; Dorothy Levine, MD; Lesley Miller, MD; and Hedy S. Wald, Ph.D.

There are 13 modules to complete, which provide: 

  1. An introduction to the foundations and methods of humanism and humanistic engagement; 
  2. Skills on the science of empathy and cultural competency;
  3. An overview of the future of humanism in health and healthcare. 

Approximate time for completion of this course is 32 hours at an average reading rate of 144 words/minute.

The course requires completion of all required peer activities. At the end of each lesson, there is a practice quiz. At the end of the course, after you’ve completed each lesson, quiz, and activity, you’ll have access to a final exam, and a chance to assess the training. Once you’ve passed that last test, you will be able to download a certificate of completion from and our course’s co-sponsoring organizations (listed above). We keep all of your personal information confidential, never sell any of your information, and only use anonymized data for research purposes, and we are also happy to report your testing information and share your work with anyone (your school, employer, etc.) at your request. We hope that you will find this a rewarding learning experience, and we count on your feedback to help us improve this training for future students.

Engaging with this Course:

You may browse this course for free to learn for your personal enrichment; there are no requirements.

To obtain a certificate
  • Show in the registration fields that you have the appropriate prerequisites to be certified. This course requires the learner to have already obtained a college-level degree. 
  • Take the brief pre-test.
  • Complete all the reading requirements.
  • Complete all quizzes and pass with a 70% with unlimited attempts.
  • Complete 2 peer activity and associated certification quizzes.
  • Successfully complete the final exam with a minimum of 70% and a maximum of 3 attempts.
  • Complete the self and course evaluation forms.
To obtain credit 
  • Complete all requirements listed above for the certificate. 
  • Your learning institution or workplace should approve the partner-university-sponsored course for educational credit, as they would for their learner taking a course anywhere.  
  • is happy to provide your institution with:
    • a link to and description of the course training, so they can see all its components, including the cosponsoring universities and other professional organization cosponsors; 
    • your grade on the final exam;
    • your work products (e.g. peer and mentored activities), and any other required or optional shared materials that you produce and authorize to share with them;  
    • your evaluations — course, self, and peer assessments;
    • a copy of your certificate of completion, with the co-sponsoring universities and other organizations listed.

To obtain a degree co-sponsored with, registrants must be enrolled in a degree program as a student of a institutional partner. If you think that your institution might be interested in offering a degree with contact us.

We hope that you will find this a rewarding learning experience, and we count on your assessment and feedback to help us improve this training for future students.

Next Steps

  • Take the short knowledge pre-test below. It allows us to assess various aspects of the course itself.
  • Complete the registration form.
  • Begin the course with Module 1: History of Medicine, Modernism, and the Emergence of the Biomedical Model. In each lesson, read the description, complete all required readings and any required activity, and take the corresponding quizzes.