This past spring, I taught a section of ENGL 105i: Writing in Health and Medicine, an interdisciplinary undergraduate course on writing across the disciplines with a specific focus on writing in fields and genres related to health and medicine at UNC-Chapel Hill. Due to the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic, this class was taught as a remote, synchronous course.
The students performed admirably and created important and historical work as they explored writing and research across a variety of disciplines, genres, and media. We discussed writing and research from a purely biomedical approach and then moved to exploring social health justice, an especially timely topic in 2021, and finished with an exploration of how artists use the language of health and medicine to confront such topics, using the health humanities as our framework. Students conducted research and writing across a variety of disciplines, fields, genres, modes, and media.
To see their work (and their weekly reflections from the class), visit the course website.