Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University

Asano Humanities &
Health Certificate

The Asano Humanities & Health Certificate is a co-curricular program that rewards sustained engagement in arts and humanities activities throughout the academic year. Jefferson students are invited to complete the certificate by attending eight (8) Jefferson Humanities & Health events and completing a reflection portfolio of four (4) response essays. 

How do I earn the Humanities &
Health Certificate?

  • Register for the 2018-2019 certificate program HERE. We will then add you to the Blackboard community.
  • Attend eight (8) events from the Jefferson Humanities & Health event calendar at Eligible events are marked with an asterisk (*).  

New: Four (4) of your eight (8) events can come from participation in these student organizations and university programs: The Story Initiative; Jefferson Chamber Orchestra; J-Jams; No One Dies Alone; NoRx Improv; Palliative Care Interest Group; Diversity Council; Physician Executive Leadership-PEL Plus Program; as well as HeART Stories

Note: Student organization meetings and events must be registered through OSLE in order to count toward the certificate.

  • Sign in at each event and submit the event to the Asano page on Blackboard.
  • Write four (4) reflective essays in response to four (4) of the events that you attended.
  • Submit your reflection portfolio for review on Blackboard by April 2, 2019.

Note: If you are a current second-year SKMC student seeking credit for JeffMD 252, you must submit your reflection portfolio by December 10, 2018.  

  • Celebrate with friends and classmates during a special certificate awards event in late April.

Reflection Portfolio

Students who register for the certificate using the link above will be provided with instructions for writing their reflection essays according to the "What? So What? Now What?" model. A panel of faculty and staff reviewers will evaluate the essays (satisfactory/unsatisfactory) and award the certificate to students whose essays satisfy the requirements. The panel of judges will also identify essays of distinction for special recognition and prizes at the spring semester celebration.

NOTE: The deadline to submit your reflection portfolio for the 2018-2019 Asano Humanities & Health Certificate is April 2, 2019, 11:59 p.m. 

Here are some of the Asano reflections that were chosen by the panel of judges for special recognition at the Spring 2018 celebration:

Kevin Tang, Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor's Reflection on Race and Medicine

Rachel Sachs, JCN Poverty Simulation

Rebecca Schuck, JCN Poverty Simulation

Nate Zahustecher, Health Ecologies Reading Group


Contact Megan Voeller, Director of Humanities, at