Welcome to the Calgary History of Medicine and Health Care program

History of Medicine and Health Care Program

Understanding the Past - Creating the Future of Health


"The History of Medicine and Healthcare: Selected Papers" (2021) is now available:


Mission Statement

"Und es moege nun seyn, dass der Geist der Zukunft auf uns, oder unser Geist auf die Zukunft hinauswirke. – Mein Geist ahnet die Zukunft."
(Johann Gottfried Herder, 1797)


The Program in the History of Medicine & Health Care at the University of Calgary is an active group of faculty teaching and researching in the history of medicine and the health sciences. The Program's aims are:

To attract students and faculty from interdisciplinary backgrounds and cross-departmental affiliation to engage in and contribute to the Program's activities and events and to provide them with an inspiring and compassionate atmosphere in which to develop their educational aims, learning skills and professional life;

To develop and expand the profile and standing of the Program within medical and interdisciplinary communities engaging in historical research and teaching medicine and health care across Canada and abroad;

To relate to the university, the local community and the public at large explaining and interpreting topics from the history of medicine, the life sciences and neuroscience and to build bridges of understanding and contextualization regarding modern biomedical developments and respective applications in social environments;

To conduct interdisciplinary teaching and research in the Cumming School of Medicine and beyond by integrating views from the History and Philosophy of Science, Science and Technology Studies, Cultural and Media Studies and various other fields bordering on questions of body, life, health technologies, physicianship and patient well-being in human societies.

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