Preparing for medical school

The College of Public Health and Human Sciences offers academic majors that provide unique paths to medical school.

Related majors, which incorporate some of the requirements for medical school, include Kinesiology (PTAH option) and Nutrition (Nutrition Health Science option).

Public Health and Human Development and Family Sciences majors are well suited to take the additional sciences needed for competency and approach med school from a very different background.

Students can apply to medical school with any major as long as they also complete required coursework in the sciences and mathematics.

If you wish to identify yourself as a PHHS student interested in pursuing medicine, please complete the CPHHS Pre-med Initial Interest Form (pdf) and send to Carey.Hilbert@oregonstate.edu or drop off at WB 105.

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.

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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 Carey.Hilbert@oregonstate.edu

Non-PHHS 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.



Opening your med school application file

In the year you are applying to med school, or prior to having letters sent to the CPHHS Pre-Med Advisor, you need to fill out the CPHHS Pre-medical Student Information Sheet (pdf) to officially begin the process of opening your pre-med file. Along with this form, you should provide the pre-med advisor with the most recent draft of your personal statement, your list of 15 significant activities or events, and a current resume.


CPHHS pre-medical letter of evaluation guidelines and procedure for submission

Requesting a letter of evaluation from faculty or off-campus individual for medical school? Follow the instructions on the Pre-medical Letter of Evaluation Guidelines and Procedure for Submission form (pdf).


Additional pre-med resources

  • Pre-med Listserv: Subscribe to the pre-med email list for information about upcoming events, application workshops, campus visits, etc.
  • Minority Association of Pre-Med Students: (MAPS) is a club that strives to increase the representation and matriculation of underrepresented minority students into medical school by fostering a collaborative environment among pre-medical students and offering professional/educational opportunities for our members.
  • Pre-Med Society: Join the Oregon State University chapter of the AMSA Pre-Medical Society or join on Facebook (Oregon State University pre-med Society).
  • Premedical Orientation Class - BI 109: Take this class in Spring term. General information is provided about the application process, the MCAT, admissions, volunteer opportunities, etc., and various speakers are included.
  • College of Science Pre-medical Information (PHHS students: Do NOT use the Letter of Evaluation form from College of Science.)