Hiram College

Biomedical Humanities

Traditional Undergraduate

first in the nation

Hiram is home to the nation’s first biomedical humanities major and the prestigious Center for Literature and Medicine, which has been a leader in the medical humanities for more than 25 years. As a top major choice for future health professionals, biomedical humanities blends the social and humanistic aspects of health care with a rigorous science core, preparing students for successful careers in a range of health care fields.

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.


Erin Lamb Headshot

Erin Lamb, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Chair of Biomedical Humanities
Director, Center for Literature and Medicine

Biomedical Humanities is a part of Hiram Health

Health is at the core of everything we do at Hiram College. It’s in our curriculum, in our residence halls and in our programming. It’s in everything we do. The liberal arts education you receive at Hiram will provide a strong foundation for your health care career aspirations.

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