Pre-Health Resources

What does it mean to be “Pre-Health” at UP?

Being a Pre-Health student means that in addition to your major requirements, you are also completing the pre-requisite coursework and extracurricular work to apply to a professional health program such as medical school or dental school after your time at UP. There is no such thing as a pre-health major or a pre-med major so the good news is you can major in anything you want! Professional health programs admit students from a variety of majors every year with no preference shown to any particular area.

Here at UP, we have two Pre-Health advisors who can help you determine how to fit in the extra pre-requisite coursework for any professional health program with your major choice. We can also help you figure out what kinds of extracurricular activities you should be doing while you are a student to help you with that professional school application later on.

Below, we have pre-requisite worksheets for each of the health professions for which we advise (PDF). Please note that these worksheets list the general pre-requisite courses for each area. Students should always double check the specific pre-requisites for the programs they are applying to in order to ensure all of their coursework is completed prior to application. 

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View the Fall 2020 Pre-Health Orientation Session (Recorded August 21)

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We can also help advise you if you are interested in chiropractic medicine; the pre-requisites are similar to medicine with a few differences.  If you have any questions you can always email us!


Alumni Spotlight

Tsikata Apenyo

Tsikata Apenyo

Tsikata Apenyo grew up all over the world but spent most of his childhood between Maryland, Los Angeles, and Ghana. This meant he came to UP not knowing anyone, but he says his motto from when he arrived was never to say no. With that, he immediately immersed himself in the UP community and says that he thinks “that motto more than anything helped define my time on The Bluff”. After graduating from UP he received a Fulbright, where he was able to work in the English Teaching Assistant program in Taiwan. Upon returning, he started his medical school journey at Brown Alpert Medical School last year and will graduate as an MD in ‘23. We wish Tsikata continued success and all the best as a future physician.

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Erin Faloon

Erin Faloon

Erin Faloon is currently an M1 at Creighton University School of Medicine. Like many UP alumni, Erin chose to take a gap year after graduating in 2019. During that time, she spent a year living in Honduras and working with Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (NPH), an organization that supports the rights of children and people with disabilities. In addition to living on the NPH “ranch” and helping to care for children who live there, she also worked in the community outreach department. Through this position, she had the opportunity to know and serve families living in cities and villages surrounding the ranch. She coordinated a nutrition program for babies 6 months – 3 years, food donations to the Comedor (an NPH sponsored soup kitchen), provided tutoring services at the Comedor, assisted in coordination of scholarship program (meetings, workshops, tutoring, etc), conducted house visits to check in with families in our various programs, and assisted in the development of an under-construction family center. Erin left Honduras in June but will certainly continue to do great things and impact the lives of many more in the future. We wish Erin all the best in medical school and with her future as a physician.

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Past Alumni Spotlights

Interested in reading more about our alumni and their respective paths in a variety of health fields?

See more Alumni Spotlights

The Pre-Health Newsletter is distributed biweekly by our pre-health advisors and contains lots of opportunities for our students to get involved on and off-campus.