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Health Science PreProfessional

Health Science PreProfessional is designed to prepare students for entry into professional schools in a wide arena of health-related professions. Building a solid foundation in the Sciences and Humanities prepares our undergraduates for the challenges of pursuing a career in the diverse and ever-changing healthcare industry.

Due to the thoughtful design of our curriculum, students take similar coursework the first two years of enrollment, allowing the flexibility of switching from one pre-professional concentration to another. The most outstanding feature of this degree is that the course requirements for entry into professional school are incorporated into the plans of study, resulting in no extra coursework for our undergraduates.

Students in Health Sciences often pursue undergraduate research in areas such as toxicology, cancer treatment, cancer prevention, Parkinson’s disease, neurodegenerative disorders, heavy metals, health physics, medical imaging, environmental health and occupational health; this department also offers an undergraduate honors program where students can potentially conduct research as early as the first year. During the first year, all students complete HSCI 10100 Intro to the Health Professions. During this course, students have the opportunity to explore opportunities across the allied health professions and hear from practicing health professionals (MDs, PTs, OTs, PAs, etc.) to gain an introduction to the numerous opportunities within the healthcare industry.

Students pursuing this major are eligible to apply for the accelerated 5-year Master of Public Health (MPH) program as a junior.

Health Sciences – Outstanding students within this major also have the opportunity to pursue an accelerated 5-year (3+2) MBA through the Krannert School of Management. This is an excellent option for students wanting to open a private practice medical facility or students interested in health administration.

Pre-professional concentrations include Chiropractic, Dentistry, Medicine, Occupational Therapy, Optometry, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant, and Public Health.

Watch these videos to learn more about Health Sciences.

HHS Meet Our Students: Wing Tung Tsui

portrait of Tsui Tung Wing

Tell us why you chose Purdue University for your undergraduate education.

Purdue University has a high reputation across the United States. Purdue students have the opportunity to collaborate and communicate with a diverse student population. Purdue also provides a wonderful education and many resources for all majors. I thought studying in this kind of environment would be a great experience.

How would you describe the faculty and staff in the College of Health and Human Sciences (HHS)?

The faculty and staff are friendly and glad to help. They truly care about each student and want them to succeed. They motivate students to explore more about their majors. If you have academic concerns, your HHS academic advisor will offer constructive advice on course planning.

What advice would you give international students who are about to start their first year at Purdue?

At Purdue, you will find fun activities all around you. I would suggest that first-year international students participate in club events and try to meet people from other countries. Opportunities are endless at Purdue! Try to get involved at Purdue, then you can easily find your way to success.

What is your favorite thing about Purdue?

My favorite thing about Purdue is that someone is always there for you. Faculty, staff and friends will be your best company throughout your college life. They are the ones who can help you when you have struggles and will be able to show you the right path when you are lost. Purdue is a great school. I am glad to be a member of the Purdue family!

Tell us about some of your activities at Purdue.

I joined the Boiler Out Volunteer Program my freshman year. This organization has benefitted me personally, academically and professionally. As a volunteer, I have done meaningful community service projects at places such as nursing homes, community centers and food pantries. This was my first time to visit such places. Through this organization, I have enhanced my communication and learned valuable skills, including time management and leadership skills. I have also met friends from around the world. This is my favorite student organization at Purdue. I highly recommended it to students who are interested in helping those in need and giving back to the community.

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Plan of Study

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Transfer to Health Science PreProfessional

Purdue admits to individual majors. Transfer students must meet Purdue's overall transfer criteria, as well as any major-specific requirements. Before you apply, check the closed programs page to confirm this major is open to transfer students. If it is, refer to the information below for major-specific transfer criteria.

Minimum GPA: 3.0

Also: Any combination of at least two courses equivalent to the following Purdue courses — CHM 11500, CHM 11600, BIOL 11000, BIOL 11100, MA 16010, or a calculus-based physics course, with a minimum grade of C in each course.


Contact Information

HHS Undergraduate Student Services
(765) 494-8533
hhsrecruitment@purdue.edu

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Careers in Health Science PreProfessional

The majority of general health sciences graduates go on to graduate school or professional schools. In recent years, approximately 70% of our graduates enrolled in graduate school or professional schools; the national placement rate for professional school (med school, PT, OT, etc.) is less than 50%.

A number of students will also choose to enter into the workforce in various science-based fields, such as research and development, government agencies, biomedical science facilities and community health.

  • Cardiologist
  • Chiropractor
  • Dentist
  • Gastroenterologist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Optometrist
  • Orthodontist
  • Pediatrician
  • Physical Therapist
  • Physician Assistant
  • Product Research and Development
  • Surgeon
  • University Faculty
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