The pre-professional emphasis in the health science major prepares students to apply for graduate and professional programs in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, physician assistant studies, optometry and related areas. The pre-professional emphasis may also prepare students who have appropriate work experience as an undergraduate to work for clinical research companies, medical or pharmaceutical sales or other non-clinical health careers that require a background in science and knowledge of health care. The pre-professional emphasis area includes 20 hours of core required courses, general education, professional emphasis requirements and required electives that complement the student’s pathway. In addition, the health science program requires an internship that is appropriate for a student’s career goals. Examples of internships for the pre-professional emphasis include: Missouri Telehealth Network, MedZou Community Health Center, PhysAssist, and Scribe America.

Common Career Paths

You can do nearly anything with a Mizzou degree, but here are some common career paths taken by graduates of this major: