A Focus on Health

Gain insights and experience in health care through the Health Professions minor at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Particularly suited for students majoring in the natural sciences, you’ll take a variety of interdisciplinary courses that provide new perspectives on health care and related topics. Acquire the tools necessary to tackle emerging issues that impact health care and health care access and take them with you to a career or post-graduate study in medicine.

Experiential EducationLearning on the Job

experiental learning

Intern at Finger Lakes Health or practice life-saving measures through HWS EMS or the local fire department.

At Hobart and William Smith Colleges, learning goes beyond textbooks and classrooms. You’ll gain high-impact practical experience that deepens learning and opens doors.

Global Education

No Borders: Global Education

Study medicine in South Africa or health care administration in the Netherlands.

Wherever you go, you’ll apply classroom knowledge, develop cultural understanding and build global connections that expand your personal capacity and sense of purpose.

Global Education
“Many Health Professions courses investigate the way people are minoritized, and how differences impact health, wellness, and health care access,” -Scott MacPhail, associate director of health professions counseling and fellowship advising

Explore the intersection of social sciences, humanities and health care.

  • PHIL 156 Biomedical Ethics

    Learn the ethical issues that arise in the practice of medicine, in the delivery of health care, and in biomedical research and their special urgency.

  • SOC 224 Social Deviance

    Explore the social etiology of deviant behavior, the functions of deviance, and societal reactions to deviance. Take an interdisciplinary approach to the internalization of norms, guilt, shame, punishment, and conformity as they relate to deviance.

  • WMST 305 Food, Feminism and Health

    This class uses a feminist lens to explore a variety of topics arising at the intersection of food, health, and the body.

Faculty Advisers:

Jamie Bodenlos, Psychology
Gregory Frost-Arnold, Philosophy
Jessica Hayes-Conroy, Women’s Studies
Justin Miller, Chemistry and Health Professions Committee Chair

Alum Impact Preparing to be a PA

Lauren Syzmanski '18,
Graduate Student, Physician Assistant Program, Daemen College

Lauren came to the Colleges undecided with a general desire to study abroad. After an intro to biology course and a health-related program abroad, Lauren had found her fit.

Universities where our graduates are studying

  • Albany Medical College
  • Boston University
  • Drexel University
  • Georgetown University
  • George Washington University
  • Mercer University (GA)
  • New York Medical College
  • SUNY Downstate
  • SUNY Stony Brook
  • SUNY Upstate Medical University
  • Temple University
  • University of Buffalo
  • University of California – Davis
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of Rochester
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Wayne State University
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • Harvard University
  • Temple University
  • Tufts University
  • University of Buffalo
  • University of Maryland
  • Cornell University
  • Ohio State University
  • Purdue University
  • University of Wisconsin