Science + Humanity
At the heart of the major is the idea that health professionals must use ethical judgment, compassionate communication and sound decision-making skills, just as much as they use their scientific expertise. Hiram students often run experiments in the organic chemistry lab, volunteer with hospice and discuss issues in courses like “How We Die,” “Cultures of Medicine” and “Mindfulness, Meditation and Healing.”
This major couples an intensive science core – one that meets the requirements for medical schools – with a curriculum that utilizes courses in medical humanities enabling students to develop a balanced approach to healthcare.
With an emphasis on preparing students for careers in the medical field, all biomedical humanities majors are required to participate in four internships: one in biomedical research, one in clinical shadowing and two service learning projects. Students have completed numerous off-site shadowing and service learning experiences.
Hiram students also have access to medical professionals at internationally renowned hospital systems. This level of exposure to the application of medical sciences is a distinctive feature of Hiram’s biomedical humanities program and it gives our students an understanding of day-to-day working environments that is difficult to match on an undergraduate level.