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. 

For prospective and first-year Pre-Health students, check out our Pre-Health Basics with a list of frequently asked questions. 

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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!


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Alumni Spotlight

Jeffrey Hayashi

Jeffrey Hayashi

At UP, Jeffrey Hayashi worked as a Service and Justice Coordinator, a Workshop Leader for chemistry and organic chemistry, a Peer Leader for Physics, and last but not least a trombone player in Pep Band! He spent his summers conducting research with Earle A. Chiles Research Institute at Providence and the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute at the National Institutes of Health. Currently, he is a medical school student at OHSU but also finds time to do research at the Center for Cardiovascular Research up on the hill. Jeff also volunteers with a hospice organization, and is currently learning to play the violin.  All the best to you, Jeff!

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Anthony Gutierrez

Anthony Gutierrez

Anthony Gutierrez is a first-year medical student up at OHSU and has a great story to tell.  The story includes many experiences at UP including volunteer work, teaching assistantships, and multiple leadership roles. The story continues after graduation with work at a clinic in California where he was also able to get involved in research in the area of oncology.  Included is a more detailed story of his path to medical school but we’ll let Anthony describe the details.  We wish Anthony the best as he continues his journey to becoming a great future 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?

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Pre-Health Newsletter (Spring 2022)

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.