Preparing for medical school
We offer academic majors that provide unique paths to medical school.
Students can apply to medical school with any major as long as they also complete required coursework in the sciences and mathematics.
Related majors, which incorporate some of the requirements for medical school, include Kinesiology (PTAH option) and Nutrition (Nutrition Health Science option).
Our Public Health major is well suited to take the additional sciences needed for competency and approach med school from a very different background.
If you wish to identify yourself as a CPHHS student interested in pursuing medicine, please complete the CPHHS Pre-med Initial Interest Form.
Biology isn’t the only major for future doctors. CPHHS alumni share how their degrees in public health helped them stand out when applying to medical school.
In addition to coursework, several other components are important to the medical school application. Students interested in attending medical school should meet with the CPHHS pre-med advisor toward the end of their first year (or as soon as possible) to learn about and prepare for the application process.
By working with the pre-med advisor, students will also establish a mentoring relationship, a critical part of the process. Advising appointments can be made by calling the College of Public Health and Human Sciences Office of Student Success at 541-737-8900. The CPHHS Pre-Med Advisor is Angela.Philmus@oregonstate.edu
In the year you are applying to med school, or prior to having evaluation letters sent to the CPHHS Pre-Med Advisor, you need to officially begin the process of opening your pre-med file at the Health Professions portal.
Yes, you need science, but the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) added new emphasis in psychology, psycho-social dimensions of health and medical ethics.
Our students get a more proactive mindset that is representative of a new trend in medicine in which physicians focus on prevention and caring for the health of individuals instead of only caring for the sick.
Allied Health professionals deliver services involving the identification, evaluation and prevention of diseases and disorders; dietary and nutrition services; and rehabilitation and health systems management.
The most common allied health careers our students are interested in are: Athletic Training, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Nursing and Physician Assistant. There are almost 100 different careers for you to pursue.
Non-CPHHS students should visit the College of Science Pre-medicine FAQ to locate their pre-med advisor. If your College does not have a dedicated pre-med advisor, you are welcome to seek out one of those listed on the College of Science website.