Pre-Health Internships

PD 1000: Exploring Health Professions an undergraduate course that provides students with a wider and deeper understanding of a variety of health professions. The course content also focuses on professional development, ethical behaviors, cross-cultural understanding, and preparing a competitive application to health professions programs. Students earn HIPAA certification and undertake bloodborne pathogen training during the course.

The course has a Social and Ethical (SE) BoK code designation and is the required gateway course for the Medical Sciences major out of the UC College of Medicine.

 After successful completion of the course, students are prepared to responsibly engage in shadowing, volunteering, interning, or paid work in a healthcare setting. They register for our INT 3041 reflection course to earn college credit for this real world experience. ELCE will help to “place” these students to gain experiential learning. The advantage of this pre-professional experiential learning track is that UC students have time and earn credit for the things they need to do to build a competitive application to a professional school program.

Students in the Exploring Health Professions course will experience the following learning outcomes:

1.  Advance connections between the experiential education concept
     and importance of healthcare career exploration.

2.  Identify, research, and evaluate a range of career options available in
     the health professions.

3.  Demonstrate insight into professional behaviors that lead to success in
     the healthcare workplace.

4.  Develop effective career development resources tailored to a chosen
     healthcare career path.

5.  Explore personal values and ethical guidelines related to complex
     problems and controversies in healthcare.

6.  Utilize different points of view to understand the human side of
     healthcare pertaining to cultural difference, sensitivity, and

7.  Recognize and articulate the meaning of healthcare disparities and
     social determinants of health.

8.  Explain the relationship between educational goals and interests in
     chosen health profession.

9.  Assume responsibility for understanding the steps to prepare a
     competitive application to professional school, including financial
     literacy and certifications required for health professions.

10. Create a network of academic and co-curricular resources and
     support integral to succeeding on a pre-health path.

11. Complete preparatory training and certifications required for health

12. Understand the benefits of interprofessional collaboration for quality
      patient care.

13. Develop a capacity for self-reflection and self-evaluation to remain
     engaged in a process of continual self-improvement.

Link to Resources:

*Pre-Health Internship Quick Start Guide
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Pre-Health Internship Search Steps
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UC’s Pre-Professional Advising Center (PPAC)

UC College of Medicine Undergraduate Program in Medical Sciences:

 Contact Dr. Selzer:

 Assistant Professor
 UC E-mail:
 Phone: 513-556-0387