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College of Medicine


Nurturing pragmatic, creative, and sincere medical experts for the sake of humanity


Established in 1968 with the purpose of fostering true-hearted medical practitioners who can take charge of advances in Korean medicine and provide meical care for the local community, the College of Medicine has been educating students to contribute to the progress of medicine through training in both medical theory and professional techniques to become quality modern medical practitioners. Furthermore, it cultivates character based on ethics and humanitarianism, and imbues a spirit of dedication and sacrifice for patients, so that it establishes the image of a truly worthy medical practitioner who practices the philosophy of love instilled since Hanyang University`s inception. The College has secured top medical teams and medical facilities at its Seoul and Guri-affiliated hospital, and back in 1998, it opened a rheumatism hospital-a first for the nation. It serves the regional community by carrying out a range of medical activities.

Educational Objectives

Educational Objectives

Premedical course
  The premedical course is provided before entering the department of medicine to gain basic knowledge related to medicine through education in a variety of academic fields, aids understanding of expert medical knowledge students will study in the future, and helps student gain the necessary qualities of a medical human resource. 

 1. Students gain awareness of the role of healthcare providers in local society and the qualities needed to volunteer with a mind of sacrifice through diverse education in humanities.
 2. Students gain sufficient basic knowledge related to natural science and medicine, and develop the ability to understand medical knowledge on their own and the ability to contribute actively to development of medicine. 


Department of Medicine
  The goal of this department is to train doctors, medical educators and medical scholars that meet the demands of Korean medicine. Students are taught the necessary scientific knowledge, attitude and technology to becoming a doctor in the modern day, how to study and research in daily life based on good character with a foundation in high ethical standards and humanitarianism, and the ability to always criticize and evaluate oneself. A mind of sacrifice based on sacrifice, volunteering and love for patients is taught so students have a sacrificial vocation that the biggest calling of a doctor is in the well-being of patients, and students also develop leadership abilities based on understanding, respect and a mind of cooperation between medical industries. Students develop a leadership role in deciding policy directions to solve problems of local society, national medicine and other social issues.

 1. To develop proactive medical human resources with a sense of ethics and good character who place importance on dignity of life and can serve the human race.
 2. To develop practical medical human resources who have the necessary medical knowledge and expertise to conduct treatment to improve the health of local society.
 3. To develop active medical human resources who lead the age through self-leading academic methods.
 4. To develop creative medical human resources with a basis in a scientific way of thinking fitting of medical scholars of the future.

Department of nursing
  Nursing is a practical field of study, and the goal of the department is to develop expert knowledge and abilities in students to develop expert nurses who help maintain, improve and recover optimal health of individuals, families, groups and local society and improve quality of life, conduct nursing duties that correspond to the health requirements of people, and execute their duties with love.

 1. To develop expert nurses who have a sense of responsibility and mature character, contribute to social development and serve.
 2. To develop cultured human resources who have the virtues of diligence, honesty, humility and service, and also have creativity, wide insight and good judgment.
 3. To develop expert human resources who establish a relationship of treatment with patients and solve nursing problems scientifically through a nursing course.
 4. To develop practical human resources who solve the health problems of patients based on ethical judgment and ethical thinking.
 5. To develop international nurses who understand cultural diversity and lead globalization of nursing.

Inside Academics

By Jaesoon Yang, Student Reporter


According to Hippocrates’s aphorism, art is long, life is short. This is the word from the father of medicine. His devotion toward the study of medicine was, for him, like art. Following the Hippocrates’s spirit, the College of Medicine of Hanyang University is pushing forward to ‘the art of medicine’. The College of Medicine was established in 1968 with the enrollment of 80 students. Not long after the establishment of the College of Medicine, the Hanyang University Hospital was established in 1972. The hospital stands proudly today with the title of “the first rheumatism hospital in Korea”. The College of Medicine strives to raise true-hearted medical practitioners who can provide medical services to local communities with responsibility. Through endless experiments and studying, students become to competent medical practitioners who will save others’ lives. Students of College of Medicine not only learn medical theories but will also obtain hands-on experiences. It is noteworthy that the college puts a great deal of emphasis on morality and commitment as being doctors.


The College of Medicine consists of three departments; the Department of Premedicine, the Department of Medicine, and the Department of Nursing. Each department is devoted to nurturing students into professional medical experts. The Department of Premedicine is where students prepared themselves with general knowledge of medical science in order to become capable medical students. The curriculum is consisted of two years of fundamental but diverse medical studies. It is known that entering the Department of Premedicine is particularly hard, and the fact that the competition rate of this year’s early decision was 1:301 proves the fierce competition among prospective students.



The Department of Medicine provides two major tracks to students who are finished with the premedicine courses: Basic major and Clinical major. Basic major include 9 sub-majors; Anatomy and Cell Biology, Physiology, Biochemistry, Pathology, Microbiology, Parasitology, Pharmacology, Preventive Medicine, and Medical Genetics. In Clinical major, there are over 24 sub-majors from Internal Medicine to Biomedical Engineering. The department is equipped with state-of-the-art lab facilities such as the DNA sequencing system and the bio profile analysis system to support the intensive research.


The Department of Nursing focuses its studies on training professional and qualified nurses for hospitals and clinics. Students of this department learn different medical treatments, assessment skills, cooperation and leadership development, critical thinking, and the clinical practice necessary for working in diverse settings. Trained with these diverse skills and knowledge, most of the students get employed at hospitals as nurses.


All professors in the College of Medicine are not only competent but also professional medical practitioners in their fields. They have been actively engaging in many researches with remarkable results. For instance, recently, one of the professors, Sanghoon Lee has increased the cure rate of Parkinson’s disease by applying inverse differentiation stem cells.


Now let us take a closer look at the College of Medicine through interviews with the Dean.



A Conversation with the Dean of the Medicine College, Young-seok, Ro


Interviewed by IN LEE (Graduate Student Editor)

Translated by Juwha, Pyun (Student Reporter)

Updated on November 17, 2014 















 Q. Could you tell us how the College of Medicine is distinguishable from other schools in the way it strives to foster professional medical experts?
A. The College of Medicine is investing in up-to-date infrastructure for students in training and providing students the best possible practice environment. In 2012, we have placed a medical education simulation center of the biggest scale in South Korea, the Medical Education Simulation Center of Hanyang (MESH). It enriches the practice environment for students in that it implemented the same setting as the environment for the board exam. We tried to provide students more practical experience of approaching patients, and as a result, the passing rate of the board exam had marked the first amid Seoul medical schools with more than 100 enrolled students. With our globalization programs, we try our best to broaden students’ horizons by exchanging with the medical schools from Nations with advanced medical technology such as the United States and European countries. Moreover, our synthesized practicum selection program helps students make the right career choice by providing students with opportunities to experience the working atmosphere of the National Scientific, Criminal & Investigation Laboratory, pharmaceutical companies, prison, and media. Aside from training programs, the Hanyang College of Medicine runs counseling center to help students cope with stress or depression which may occur due to heavy workload, and conduct tests every year to detect anxiety and pressure among students and deals with it by providing them with counseling service.


 Q. Would you share the plans you have for the College of Medicine?
A. In order to produce outstanding medical experts, we are planning on expanding the scale of the medical practicum in the community, global exchange program, and developing of the medical curriculum. Also, by enlarging scholarship opportunities in and out of campus, we intend to help students study without financial concern. Moreover, with a goal of improving the production of articles in both quality and quantity and developing research based hospital in mind.


 Q. What are the career options for students of the College of Medicine?
A. Before they finish the four years in the College of Medicine, students obtain the National Medical License. Afterward, they other go straight into clinics, or walk the course of intern and resident to become medical specialists. After they become a specialist, some open their own practice and the others remain in the school to work as a professor as well. Students who choose to become a medical scientist attend graduate school to become a researcher without going through internship and resident years. Above and beyond these careers, there are variety of other options available for students such as medical journalists, occupational medical practitioner, medical lawyer, employee at World Health Organization (WHO), etc.


 Q. Do you have a word of advice for students who want to attend the College of Medicine in Hanyang University?
A. In order to protect and save human lives, it is crucial for medical practitioners to learn and engage in medical knowledge in depth. However, the nature of warm heart should not be regarded any less important. One becomes a true doctor when his sincerity is synthesized with the medical knowledge and technology. Thus, the students of the College of Medicine should not only devote their time and energy into learning medicine but also cultivate thoughtfulness, social skills, communication skills, better judgments, and analytic skills. The College of Medicine will try our best to support and train the medical students with morality and knowledge.