Five College Program in Culture, Health, and Science

Five College Program in Culture, Health, and Science Join one of the largest certificate programs in the Five Colleges! https://www.fivecolleges.edu/chs/

The Five College Certificate in Culture, Health, and Science complements a traditional disciplinary major by allowing students to deepen their knowledge of human health, disease, and healing through an interdisciplinary focus. Under the guidance of CHS faculty advisors on each campus, students choose a sequence of courses available within the five colleges, and identify an independent project that will count toward the Certificate. The Certificate is designed to foster holistic, biocultural, interdisciplinary understandings of health and disease. Requirements: The certificate consists of coursework and an independent project. Four semesters of a foreign language is strongly suggested, although not required. Coursework: Satisfactory completion of 7 courses is necessary to receive the CHS Certificate. You must receive a grade "B" or better in each of the 7 courses for it to count toward the certificate. You can take courses from any of the five college campuses. You must take one course from each of the five categories. No course may be used to satisfy more than one category. If possible, it is best to begin with courses in Categories I and II. At least 3 of the courses used to satisfy CHS requirements must fall outside of your major. In other words, no more than 4 of the courses used to satisfy CHS requirements should also count towards your major. It is also recommended, but not required, that at least one of your courses expose you to knowledge of health and disease processes at the level of the population (those marked with a *P).

Five College Program in Culture, Health, and Science's cover photo
03/18/2018

Five College Program in Culture, Health, and Science's cover photo

Join us for our Fall semester Pita Pocket Party, next Wednesday. More details on the event page!
10/28/2017

Join us for our Fall semester Pita Pocket Party, next Wednesday. More details on the event page!

New CHS logo!
10/28/2017

New CHS logo!

Another great event this Thursday!No Más BebésScreening of Documentary Film and Discussion. Thursday, April 6 | 6:00p....
04/03/2017

Another great event this Thursday!

No Más Bebés
Screening of Documentary Film and Discussion.
Thursday, April 6 | 6:00p.m. to 8:00p.m. | Gamble B, Mount Holyoke College

They came to have their babies. They went home sterilized.

The story of immigrant mothers who sued county doctors, the state, and the US government after they were sterilized while giving birth at the Los Angeles County USC Medical Center during the 1960s and 70s. Led by an intrepid 26-year-old Chicana lawyer and armed with hospital records secretly gathered by a whistle-blowing young doctor, the mothers faced public exposure and stood up to powerful institutions in the name of reproductive justice.

With guest speaker Elena Gutiérrez, Associate Professor of Latin American and Latina/o Studies and Gender and Women's Studies at the University of Illinois Chicago.

Two CHS sponsored events next week:1. Race on a Bottle? The Story of BiDil and Racialized Medicine in a Post-Genomic Age...
04/03/2017

Two CHS sponsored events next week:

1. Race on a Bottle? The Story of BiDil and Racialized Medicine in a Post-Genomic Age
Thursday, April 6 | 12:30p.m. to 1:30p.m. | Kern 108, Hampshire College
This a discussion of Dr. Jonathan Kahn's groundbreaking research and book on a heart medicine targeted for African Americans.

2. Race on the Brain: Implicit Bias, Racism, and Social Justice
Friday, April 7 | 12:00p.m. to 1:00p.m. | CSC 33, Hampshire College
Dr. Jonathan Kahn, author of Race in a Bottle, challenges us to critically consider the double edge of implicit bias as a lens to understand racial injustice. Both events sponsored by the CHS program and Hampshire College.

01/25/2017

Hello CHS students,
We hope everyone is looking forward to the start of a new semester. The CHS program is looking for photos relevant to CHS related activities such as pictures of classroom interactions or CHS-related experiences. Please send high-resolution images with captions and identifying information (where, when, who, what) to the [email protected]. We appreciate your help and support.
We wish you the best of luck in the start of your semester.
-CHS program assistants

Check out this awesome article: "Why STEM Majors Need the Humanities""And if we want to influence a decision on a scient...
01/13/2017
Why STEM Majors Need the Humanities

Check out this awesome article: "Why STEM Majors Need the Humanities"

"And if we want to influence a decision on a scientific or technological controversy, either in our work or as a citizen writing an op-ed for the local newspaper, we must broaden our focus and write with a perspective that will make sense to diverse groups of people.
The common element in all of this is knowing how to tell a story. Contrary to popular misconceptions about science and technology, a good piece of technical work is not a disembodied sequence of formulas and calculations, but rather is part of a narrative that has a long plot line and a large cast of characters."

http://www.chronicle.com/article/Why-STEM-Majors-Need-the/238833

It’s often argued that studying the liberal arts will enrich the life of the mind. For STEM majors, it can also give them a practical advantage in their careers.

One of Dr. Rafael Campo's poems, "The Four Humours." Link here (https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poems/d...
10/30/2016
The Four Humours by Rafael Campo

One of Dr. Rafael Campo's poems, "The Four Humours." Link here (https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poems/detail/54468) or read below.

The Four Humours
BY RAFAEL CAMPO
I. Blood

We wondered if the rumors got to her.
I’d seen her with that other girl behind
The Stop and Shop when I was walking home
from school one day. I swear, the two of them
were kissing, plain as that, the grass so high
it brushed their cheeks. I told my teacher so,
and maybe it was her who called their folks.
Before too long, it was like everyone
in town had heard. We waited for them at
the dime store once, where Cedric grabbed her tits
and said I’ll learn you how to love how God
intended it, you ugly f**king dyke.
Thing was, she wasn’t ugly like you’d think.
She had a certain quality, a shyness
maybe, and I’d describe the way she laughed
as kind of gentle. Anyway, we never saw her with
that girl again. They say she got depressed—
sh*t, at the service all of us got tearful.
I got to thinking what an awful sight
it was, all that red blood—it wasn’t in
the papers, but I heard Melissa’s mother,
who was the nurse in the Emergency
that night, say how she was just covered up
in blood. I can’t think how you bring yourself
to cut your throat like that yourself—I asked
the counselor they called in to the school,
and she said something like, What better ink
to write the language of the heart? I guess
it proves that stuff from Bible school they say,
that such a life of sin breeds misery.




II. Phlegm

“My brain is draining from my head,”
he said as once again he blew
his nose. The clock read 3 A.M.;

its second hand swept slowly through
another viscous minute. Dead
to even nurses sticking them

for new IVs, the other ones
slept off their benders soundlessly.
“I’m losing my intelligence,”

he said, and blew. My patience waned.
He thought he was the president:
Dementia, KS, HIV

were printed in his problem list.
“And plus, I’m getting feverish.”
I can’t recall his name, but I

remember hating him—grim wish
that he would hurry up and die.
Just then, he took my hand, and kissed

the back of it as though I were
a princess in his foreign land.
“My lady, you are beautiful,”

he said, and coughed again. Unsure
of what to say, my own throat burned.
He said, “You can’t know what I feel.”




III. Bile

A gun went off and killed a little girl
The day my friend was diagnosed with cancer.
I walked through Central Park; a black dog snarled
At squirrels chattering like they had answers.

The day my friend was diagnosed with cancer
I dreamed of killing someone with a knife.
The squirrels, chattering, had likely answers
To all my angry questions about life—

A homeboy threatened someone with a knife
Not far from where a cop showed off his gun,
An angry answer to most questions about life.
I watched the squirrels hop, the yuppies run;

The cop approached the black kids with his gun.
I wondered how much longer she would live;
The squirrels scattered when the homeboy ran.
I wondered if she’d ever been in love,

I wondered who would pray for her to live,
Forgive her for her anger and her weaknesses.
I wondered why it hurt to fall in love.
The cop tried aiming past me, towards the woods.

Forgive us for our anger, for our weaknesses:
Through Central Park, past the black dog’s snarls,
The cop gave chase. A skirmish in the woods.
The gun went off—No! shrieked a little girl.


IV. Melancholy

We picked at it with sticks at first, until
an older kid named Samuel arrived.
He dropped a heavy rock right on its skull;
we watched as thick black slime began to ooze
from somewhere just below its heart—or where
we thought its heart should be. “Raccoon,”
said someone solemnly. The landscaper—
sweat gleaming, like the polished figurines
my mother wouldn’t ever let me touch—
regarded us with keen suspicion from
across the street. We learned what it could teach;
like any body’s secrets, the sublime
receded toward the fact of death. I knew
both sadness, and disgust in love’s untruths.

We wondered if the rumors got to her.

One of Dr. Campo's most recent poems (2014).
10/27/2016

One of Dr. Campo's most recent poems (2014).

10/24/2016

One of Dr. Campo's poems from his book, What the Body Told.

My Voice
BY RAFAEL CAMPO

To cure myself of wanting Cuban songs,
I wrote a Cuban song about the need
For people to suppress their fantasies,
Especially unhealthy ones. The song
Began by making reference to the sea,
Because the sea is like a need so great
And deep it never can be swallowed. Then
The song explores some common myths
About the Cuban people and their folklore:
The story of a little Carib boy
Mistakenly abandoned to the sea;
The legend of a bird who wanted song
So desperately he gave up flight; a queen
Whose strength was greater than a rival king’s.
The song goes on about morality,
And then there is a line about the sea,
How deep it is, how many creatures need
Its nourishment, how beautiful it is
To need. The song is ending now, because
I cannot bear to hear it any longer.
I call this song of needful love my voice.

09/23/2016

Hi everyone!
The Student Steering Committee for CHS is having our first meeting this Saturday (TOMORROW!!!), 2:00pm at Share Coffee in Amherst! If you're interested in getting more involved in CHS this year, this is a great opportunity to meet other CHS students from across the Five Colleges, delve deeper into the program, and get directly involved in CHS projects and events. If interested, let me know at 303-667-3659 or [email protected]!

04/17/2016

Looking to get more involved in CHS? Apply to be next year's program assistant (application of cover letter and resume due 4/25). Email [email protected] for the full job description.

Job Description: The Five College Program in Culture, Health, and Science (CHS) is looking for a program assistant for next year! CHS is a certificate program that allows students an opportunity to explore human health, disease and healing from an interdisciplinary perspective. The student program assistant plays an essential role for CHS to achieve its mission by working with the CHS Program Director, the CHS Steering Committee, and Five College central staff in a supportive capacity. This is a great opportunity for a student to connect with students and faculty in CHS, and be a part of exciting discussions about the goals and development of CHS.

Please join us at the lecture "The Heroin Epidemic in America-Why Now?", a night with Dr. Steven Kassels on December 7th...
11/30/2015

Please join us at the lecture "The Heroin Epidemic in America-Why Now?", a night with Dr. Steven Kassels on December 7th at 7PM in the Intergrative Learning Center N151. Dr. Kassels is Board Certified in both Addiction Medicine and Emergency Medicine. He has served as the Medical Consultant to the CARF-Opiate Treatment Program National Accreditation Project, and was appointed Medical Director of the inpatient and outpatient addiction service at Providence Hospital, Holyoke, Massachusetts, providing polysubstance abuse treatment to both adults and adolescents.

The Goods are coming! If you haven't heard yet, Byron Good and Mary Jo Good are coming to the valley and will be speakin...
09/29/2015

The Goods are coming! If you haven't heard yet, Byron Good and Mary Jo Good are coming to the valley and will be speaking at UMass Campus Center (10th floor) - Hadley Room next Monday, October 5th at 4:15 pm, with reception to follow. As always, email [email protected] with any questions!

09/03/2015

Looking for a way to add medical anthropology to a complicated course schedule? Check out UMass's online course on spire. Course #39252. Email Jamie Fisher at [email protected] if you would like to see the syllabus.

03/24/2015

Top 5 reasons to show up at the Spring Social later today:
1. Your favorite Program Assistant (me) will be there
2. Noah Levinson is incredibly interesting and will give phenomenal insight into YOUR future
3. It’s informal, fun, and the only time per semester that exclusively CHS-oriented students will be gathered in one place
4. We feed you.
5. There may be some celebrity appearances by some of our favorite CHS faculty members

Be there or lament that you missed out for the rest of your undergraduate career

See you at 6:30 - Don't forget to RSVP :)

03/22/2015

CHS: Just a reminder, the Spring Social is at the Red Barn @ Hampshire College, not the Five College Offices. To get there take the PVTA 38 and get off right before it turns up the Hampshire driveway.

03/05/2015

Come listen to Susan Albertine talk about the place of Public/Global Health in Liberal Arts Education tonight in the UMass Campus Center room 917 at 8PM. It should be a really great talk. See you tonight!

Check out these events sponsored by the UMass School of Public Health and Health Sciences
02/19/2015

Check out these events sponsored by the UMass School of Public Health and Health Sciences

Hello Culture, Health and Science! SPHHS at UMass has some awesome events coming up and we would love if you could share our flyer!

For all the Anthropology majors out there. Happy #NationalAnthropologyDay!
02/19/2015

For all the Anthropology majors out there. Happy #NationalAnthropologyDay!

02/01/2015

My Dear CHSers:

I'm sure you got the email but they've changed Dr. Charon's talk this Tuesday (2/3) at 7PM to Pruyne Lecture Hall in Fayerweather Hall at Amherst College because of the great response. If you want to go and haven't RSVPed yet please email Erin Cherewatti at [email protected]

For those who aren't on the email list here's the info:

Mark your calendars! We are very excited to announce that Rita Charon, MD, PhD will be at Amherst College next Tuesday February 3 at 7:00 pm in Pruyne Lecture Hall in Fayerweather Hall to speak on “Principles and Practice of Narrative Medicine”. Narrative Medicine is an emerging clinico-textual discipline that brings narrative skills and creative methods to the practice of medicine. Executive Director and founder of the Program in Narrative Medicine at Columbia University, Dr. Charon will discuss the genesis of this approach to patient care and its dividends for patients, clinicians, and students. She will describe the ways in which narrative medicine has entered pre-medical education at Columbia and elsewhere and how it has saturated the education of students and the practice of clinicians at the College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Charon will describe the Master of Science in Narrative Medicine graduate program inaugurated at Columbia University in 2009. About one-quarter of the incoming class of graduate students for this one-year intensive Masters program are pre-professional students on their way to lives in medicine, veterinary medicine, nursing, social work, psychoanalysis, or chaplaincy. Her visit to Amherst functions as a presentation of narrative medicine and invitations to apply for both or either the Master of Science in Narrative Medicine and the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Columbia University. There will be opportunity during the presentation for some close reading and creative writing as an experiential venture into narrative medicine itself.

11/28/2014

Hope all you CHS folks had a lovely Thanksgiving! If you're not in a food coma right now you did it wrong.

We had a great time at the pizza party last week and don't forget to get in touch with me if you have any internships or experiences you'd like to tell other CHS students about, I'll be posting some student testimonials on the website.

Also we may be starting an informal CHS Student Club where we hang out together a little bit more often around the 5-college area. So if you have any ideas for that (I'm thinking film screenings, talks, and coffee hours) please let me know.

Good luck with finishing up the semester, we'll talk soon!

11/20/2014

Looking forward to seeing everyone tonight at the pizza party!

We have quite a few students who have contacted me about sharing their experiences but if you haven't, don't worry! There will be opportunities for everyone to talk and we're excited to learn about what all of you have been up to and what you want to do in the future.

Good morning CHS: The listserv problem is fixed! Apparently no one received any of the emails I've been sending out sinc...
11/03/2014
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Good morning CHS:

The listserv problem is fixed! Apparently no one received any of the emails I've been sending out since early September...so that was an issue. Now you should be getting my emails and if you haven't signed up for the listserv yet the link is below.

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Hey all! Sadly we have to postpone the pizza party originally scheduled for tomorrow (10/29 at 6pm) because we've been h...
10/28/2014
Five College Culture, Health, and Science | www.fivecolleges.edu

Hey all!

Sadly we have to postpone the pizza party originally scheduled for tomorrow (10/29 at 6pm) because we've been having some issues with the listserv and we didn't get the information out to everybody.

We'll be in touch in a couple of days to let you know the new date.

Any questions/comments please let me know!

The Five College Program in Culture, Health, and Science (CHS) is a certificate program that allows students an opportunity to explore human health, disease, and healing from an interdisciplinary perspective. CHS recognizes that the study of any aspect of health requires theoretical frameworks and r…

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The Five College Program in Culture, Health, and Science allows students an opportunity to explore human health, disease, and healing from an interdisciplinary perspective. The study of human health requires theoretical frameworks and research strategies that integrate physical and socio-cultural aspects of human experience. The newspapers have been filled with health-related stories linking health and culture. Whether discussing beef bans and mad cow disease, SARS outbreaks, new forms of health insurance coverage, or the importance of cultural competence, these stories all describe research results arising from collaborative work among multiple disciplines. Graduate programs and medical schools are giving greater attention to interdisciplinary training, recognizing that tomorrow's health experts will need to know how to link their understandings of history, culture, and behavior with clinical and epidemiologic models of health and disease. Students in the Culture, Health, and Science program study health and disease by linking the sciences, social sciences, and humanities. Students interested in pursing health careers will benefit from interdisciplinary programs in sociomedical sciences and medical humanities. The best health practitioners, researchers, and policy analysts will understand how behavior influences disease distribution and how biomedical categories change across time and culture. They will understand how to communicate research results to audiences of policy makers and to the general public. Faculty at undergraduate institutions benefit from collaboration across disciplinary lines between the sciences, social sciences, and humanities. Both faculty and students will be enriched by their connections to health practitioners in their local communities and internationally.

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