Pre-Medical Pathways


The University of Cincinnati is a great place to prepare for medical school because we are a top 25 comprehensive public research institution with a vibrant medical school, we offer multiple pathways and we stress experiential learning opportunities. Indeed, students have the opportunity to build the pathway that is just right for their specific goals and interests!

There is no single path that will best prepare you for applying to medical school. In fact, any major can serve as 'pre-med.' Since you will have to take key courses in math and science to prepare you for medical school admissions, the following majors, certificates, and minors are among the most popular degree programs selected by pre-med students at UC. In addition, high school seniors with an under-represented minority background should look at the STEMM-D program as a great way to start your path.  All students are encouraged to start working early with an advisor from the Pre-Professional Advising Center. We will help you design the most appropriate pathway to your goals. 

Looking for more stories about pathways to medicine?  Check out the AAMC  Inspiring Stories site. 


Recommended Course Sequence: Pre-Health Internship Program

The Pre-Health Internship Program within the Division Experience Based Learning and Career Education consists of courses and academic internships for pre-health students.

Exploring Health Professions is designed to help students gain a wider and deeper understanding of the variety of health professions and how to most effectively prepare for entry into the professions. Students will explore the human side of healthcare, including professionalism, ethical behaviors, healthcare disparities, cross-cultural care, and interprofessional collaboration.

After successful completion of PD 1000, students will have the option to gain real world experience in a healthcare setting and course credit by registering for a Health Professions Internship – INT3041)

  • PD 2001: Advancing Success on the Pre-Health Pathway

This seminar is a sophomore progression course aligned with PD 1000 Exploring Health Professions. The course is focused on application, integration and deepening knowledge of curricular content for pre-health students including research, professional development, Pre-Professional application preparation, and experiential learning.

  • INT 3041: Health Professions Internship

The Experiential Learning in the Health Professions course sequence is designed to provide a venue for reflection, assessment, and support to students engaged in such experiences. Students may choose to participate in this course sequence following the successful completion of Exploring Health Professions (PD1000). Each course in the sequence will provide students with specific topics to explore during their experience and challenge them to reflect on those topics and experiential learning in general.


For more information, on these courses contact Dr. Robin Selzer