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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 that 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. 

We can also help advise you if you are interested in Chiropractic Medicine or Optometry.  The pre-requisites for these health professions are similar to medicine with a few differences.  If you have any questions you can always email us!

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Dr. Randy Reid

“If college is drinking from a water fountain, then medical school is drinking from a fire hydrant,” says University of Portland alumnus Randy Reid. Dr. Reid is now a resident at the University of Southern California (USC) medical school and recent graduate of the Keck Medical School of USC.

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Dr. David Sheridan

David Sheridan is a physician at OHSU, a UP alumnus, and a continuous supporter, resource, and mentor to many of our students. One example of Dr. Sheridan's support is through a program that he leads called CRISP (Clinical Research Investigative Studies Program). Through this program many of our pre-health students have been able to have a rich internship experience at the OHSU department of emergency medicine doing clinical research.

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