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Taipei Medical University

Medical Humanity: Engaging Patients and Communities in Healthcare

Taipei Medical University via FutureLearn


Engage patients in the development of healthcare technology and treatments

The development of healthcare treatments has given people hope to fight diseases in new ways and it is critical that medical professionals have the skills to explain the benefits of treatments to patients and, ideally, involve them in the development of new treatments in the first place.

This online course explores the concept of doctors as “mediators” in the changing relationship between patients and technology, and introduces the theme of “medical humanity” to improve communication and trust in healthcare. Using real-life examples from Taiwan and South East Asia, you will find out how to bring patients into the development of medical technologies and treatments.

This course is designed for undergraduates and postgraduates, with some medical, healthcare or social work experience.


  • Community Service Learning for Medical Humanities
    • Introduction to modern medical humanities
    • Community engagement
  • Introduction to the developement of medical humanities
    • Introduction to the foundations of medical professionalism
    • Medical humanities in the United States and Taiwan
  • Service Learning for Empowering Tribal People with Living Labs
    • What is living labs?
    • Case studies in tribal people of Taiwan

Taught by

Duujian Tsai


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