Gretchen A. Case, PhD

Research Interests

  • Communication Methods, Total
  • Teaching and Curriculum Development
  • Medicine in Literature
  • Humanities
  • Education, Medical, Undergraduate
  • Education, Medical, Graduate
  • Education, Premedical
  • Students, Premedical
  • Students, Medical


  • English

Academic Information

  • Departments: Internal Medicine - Associate Professor (Lecturer)
  • Divisions: General Internal Medicine

Academic Bio

Gretchen A. Case is Director of the Center for Health Ethics, Arts, and Humanities and an Associate Professor (lecturer) in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Utah School of Medicine. She received a BA in Speech Communication and History and an MA in Communication Studies from UNC-Chapel Hill and a PhD in Performance Studies from UC, Berkeley.

Dr. Case's research and teaching interests are in the medical humanities (aka healthcare humanities): the many ways in which the arts and humanities intersect with the medical arts and sciences. Her scholarly projects often combine communication, performance, disability theory, cultures of medicine, oral history, and ethnography. Dr. Case also has more than ten years of experience as a public historian, specializing in histories of science and medicine.

In addition to teaching at the School of Medicine, Dr. Case has taught in the Department of Theatre at the University and is a facilitator for the Physicians’ Literature and Medicine reading group. She has received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and contributed significantly to projects funded by the National Institutes of Health and the National Endowment for the Humanities.


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