Understand what "pre-health" means at the University of Washington Seattle, how to access advisers and how to get started.
We define pre-health (or pre-med) as a process a student goes through if they intend to enter a health professional field. Pre-health is not a “major” or “track”. The process includes:
You can major in anything along the way towards a career in health and health care. Health professional schools don't consider an applicants major in the admissions process. There are specific requirements that each graduate and professional school may look for however which is covered in the prepare section.
Keep in mind that choosing a career in health care is not one decision but a series of decisions based on exploration, investigation and reflection. Just completing a major is not enough to be successfully prepared for a health care program. You should continually assess your academic readiness, motivation, and skills in sciences as well as humanities and social sciences. Getting involved in health care (volunteering and shadowing) as well as community service are essential elements to exploring what the profession is really about and if it is a good match for you.
While you can major in anything on your path to a healthcare career or graduate health program, below are a few health and health science undergraduate programs. You can contact those departmental advisers directly.
UW Medicine ranks among the top academic research institutions. Nearly 50 different graduate and professional programs and specialties are among the top 10 in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report.
Studying at the UW as an undergraduate student means you have access and opportunities to collaborate with UW Medicine and their programs. You can prepare for your graduate school applications by volunteering or conducting research with hospitals and clinics in the greater Seattle region. However, it does not mean you will have an advantage to getting into UW Medicine by attending UW as an undergraduate student.
This website provides a comprehensive guide to help you understand how pre-health at the UW works. There are many people at the UW who can support you in navigating the pre-health process. This website will help you know where to start.
Join the Pre-health News and Events to start connected with resources, summer programs, fellowships, career planels, internships and more!
Unfortunately we do not have capacity to see non-UW students. Interested in attending the UW? Feel free to explore the website and these other resources: ExploreHealthCareers.org and UW Pre-health News and Events.
Newly admitted students should wait until their Advising & Orientation session to speak with an adviser. Review this website and come prepared with questions to ask.
Not sure who to meet with? Use the chart below to understand how an adviser or coach can help you.
Meeting with an general or departmental adviser can help you prepare for your chosen healthcare career. Advisers can help you with:
• Which courses you need for your chosen health professional school and when to take them
• How to choose the major that is the best fit for you
• How to combine major requirements with pre-health requirements
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Meet with a Pre-Health Career Coach who can help you with questions about:
• Which health career is the best fit for you
• Getting clinical experience and exposure
• Getting involved in research and leadership activities
• Your timeline for preparation and application to health professional schools
The Career & Internship Center
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