Hiram College

Meeting the evolving needs of the health care industry

Hiram College became a pioneer of medical humanities studies when the biomedical humanities major was developed in 1998 in response to changes in the rapidly evolving field of health care. Working in coordination with active medical practitioners, the curriculum was structured to address shifting national and international demographics and to familiarize students with the areas of specialization and working environments that define today's health care systems.

While pursuing a rigorous science curriculum, students develop a breadth of knowledge in a number of areas that will enable their success as future medical practitioners and affiliates of the healthcare industry. The appeal of this interdisciplinary approach to science studies is reflected by our student interest in the program. Since its inception, biomedical humanities has become one of the most popular majors on campus.

The result is a curriculum that weaves together four scholastic components:

  • Medical humanities
  • Relational core
  • Science core
  • Capstone experience

The Biomedical Humanities major at Hiram provides a wonderful preparation for a student interested in pursuing a medical degree or any health-related graduate degree. The curriculum builds a strong scientific foundation and encourages the development of a broader world view as well as those non-cognitive attributes important to the “art” of medicine. Co-curricular requirements in service, research and shadowing offer opportunities for career exploration and life experiences that enhance communication skills, empathy, judgment and compassion which are essential to the practice of medicine.

– Cathy Solow, Associate Dean, University of Iowa College of Dentistry and former Assistant Dean/Director of Admissions for the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine