Pre-Professional Health Certificate

This certificate assists students who plan or are preparing to apply to post bachelor's degree pre-professional health schools and programs.

The Pre-Professional Health Studies certificate creates the opportunity to take additional courses viewed as valuable by professional schools and appearing in testing processes that exist in addition to programs in mathematics and the sciences.

These courses and learning opportunities provide additional experiences and diverse content for students interested in preparing for application and admission to professional schools including dentistry, medicine, optometry, pharmacy, psychology, and other health careers such as occupational and physical therapy.

The courses included target specific learning outcomes that are designed to add to student success in professional application and testing requirements that exist in addition to traditional natural science and mathematics coursework.

Program Goals

Students will:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the organization and delivery of health and healthcare services.
  2. Demonstrate in both written and verbal formats the ability to correctly use terms relating to medical care, clinical procedures, laboratory and diagnostic tests, and common therapeutic procedures, and addiction OR the vocabulary, diagnostic categories, and major categories of mental health and illnesses.
  3. Explain the social demography of health and illness in relation to the measurement and determinants of health, prevention and illness.
  4. Identify and explain relevant ethical and legal issues and decisions in the delivery of health and healthcare services toward the maintenance of individual and population health.
  5. Apply basic terms, principles, and methodology of program evaluation to health and human services programs and service delivery.

Pre-Professional Health Certificate Required Courses (15 credit hours)

HPS 440Medical Sociology3
or HPS 456 Health Care and the Law
HPS 442Medical Ethics3
HHS 406Program Evaluation3
CHE 201Medical Terminology3
or HHS 202 Mental Health Terminology
HHS 370Medicine and Addiction I3
Total Credit Hours15

Optional Internship (3 credit hours)

HPS 401Health Pol Studies Internship3
Internship CHE
Public Health Internship
Total Credit Hours3