Premedical and Health Studies

The power of expertise.

For many people, healthcare revolves around physicians. As a doctor, you are the person they go to whenever they are sick, and even when they’re well. As an optometrist, you’re the one they call when they’re experiencing issues with their eyesight. Or as a veterinarian, you are the person they trust most with their pets. Whatever profession you choose, you will be a leader in their health.

Pave your premedical pathway..

At MCPHS, you’ll begin your academic career with undergraduate courses that facilitate entry into specific professional and graduate programs at partner universities around the country. By building your education on a strong foundation that balances health sciences with liberal arts, you’ll be prepared to take your medical career in the direction you choose.

Questions about our premedical and health studies programs? Connect with our Boston Admission Office at 617.879.5964.

Highly Trained Faculty

MCPHS professors are industry experts with years of expertise in both teaching and advising.

Expert Mentorship

Students receive close mentorship through low student-to-faculty ratio and supervised independent senior research projects.

Global Healthcare Center

Boston’s Longwood Medical and Academic Area is a global center for healthcare delivery, research and education, giving our students access to world-class hospitals and research facilities.

Partner Universities

MCPHS has established specific agreements with prestigious professional and graduate programs, so students may seamlessly continue their medical education.

Research Opportunities

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) provide research opportunities to qualified students with our own faculty.

Accelerated Programs

Through our premedical pathways, students can earn a professional degree in five to eight years, often a year less than through traditional channels.

Professional Education Options

Our graduates have been accepted at a number of medical and dental schools, including Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Georgetown University, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, Tufts University, and more.

A field of growth

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for physicians and surgeons is projected to grow 14% through 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. This growth is partly driven by demand for healthcare services by the growing and aging population.

Well-prepared

With innovative training and immersive experiential learning, our graduates are extremely well prepared to enter and advance in the field of medicine. Clinical education experiences are varied so that students are prepared for professional practice in an ever-changing healthcare environment.

Well-paid

According to the Medical Group Management Association’s 2014 Physician Compensation and Production Survey, physicians practicing primary care received total median annual compensation of $241,273, and physicians practicing in medical specialties received total median annual compensation of $411,852.

Professional School Support

The Pre-Health Professions Advisory Committee supports students who are seeking admission to medical school or other health professional schools. Committee members advise, serve as contacts for specific pathways, write letters of recommendation, and participate in pre-health professions events. When it is determined that a committee letter is warranted, the committee composes an evaluative letter that incorporates the student’s reference letters, academic credentials, community service and extracurricular activities, research accomplishments, and other relevant personal data. The Committee may also coordinate mock interviews for students who are completing secondary applications.

Premedical and Health Studies

The mission of the Premedical and Health Studies degree program is consistent with that of the School of Arts and Sciences but specifically cultivates and advances:

  • Undergraduate preparation for successful advanced studies and careers in health and healthcare
  • Student engagement in community and university service learning and volunteer activities that benefit others
  • Student intellectual inquiries and academic studies that encompass the biomedical, psychosocial, and cultural dimensions of illness, health and healthcare
  • Faculty excellence in healthcare and health studies pedagogy, the discovery of knowledge across disciplines relevant to illness, health, and healthcare, and the dissemination and application of innovative pedagogies and new knowledge in these disciplines

 

School of Arts and Sciences

Vision

Through teaching, scholarship, and service, the faculty of the School:

  • provide a broad academic foundation in the Arts and Sciences to all MCPHS students,
  • provide depth and breadth in the academic and professional training of students in Arts and Sciences programs,
  • actively participate in and contribute to the scholarly disciplines in the Arts and Sciences, and
  • contribute to the University’s mission in the broader academic and professional communities.

Mission

The mission of the School of Arts and Sciences is to embody and promote the core values defined in the 2015 University Strategic Plan through:

  • scholarship that creates knowledge, pedagogies, integration and engagement in the disciplines represented by the Arts and Sciences faculty,
  • interdisciplinary and inter-professional initiatives and collaborations among Arts and Sciences faculty and in concert with other School faculties to produce scholarship and public service,
  • implementation of a core curriculum that integrates the basic sciences and liberal arts with professional studies,
  • commitment to and promotion of the values of general education and development of the whole person,
  • cultivation of knowledge, reasoning skills, and values that prepare students for lifelong learning,
  • development and application of learner-centered curriculum designs and teaching strategies,
  • assessment that systematically collects and uses data for curricular review and continuous improvement,
  • service to the School, University, and professional communities, and
  • collaboration with Student Affairs staff in the development and implementation of co-curricular programs.
 

Student Spotlight: Alessandro Cavaliere, Premed/PA ‘20

Alessandro Cavaliere, Premed/PA ‘20

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From MCPHS to Georgetown Medical School

Ethan Do Premedical and Health Studies class of 2017

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