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Some majors may be more obviously related to health than others, so it's important to familiarize yourself with the range of possibilities to explore. The following is a list of SOME ways to pursue a career in healthcare through academic programs at the University of Minnesota. We encourage you to use this list as a starting point to help you consider the best path for your career goals, but also remember that your major does not always equal your career.

A perfect example of this is the fact that Medical schools have no preferred major, meaning that you can declare any major as long as you meet the required prerequisite courses for Medical school (last year, the University of Minnesota Medical School admitted over 38 different majors!). This is true for many professional health graduate programs. This article from U.S. News and World Report, "Choose the Right Undergraduate Major for Medical School" does an excellent job breaking down factors you should consider when choosing your major. Although this article focuses on medical school, the advice can apply to many professional health graduate programs.

The following list is broken into 4 parts:

  • majors that lead directly to a healthcare career with a bachelor's degree
  • majors with a heavy science emphasis to prepare for professional health programs
  • majors with tracks/emphasis areas related to health
  • minors/certificates related to health

Direct path to health care career with Bachelor's:

  • Dental Hygiene
  • Health Services Management
  • Medical Laboratory Science
  • Mortuary Science
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition (Dietetics track)

Through UM Rochester:

  • Bachelor of Science in Health Professions (Echocardiography, Radiography, Respiratory Care, Sonography)

Majors that have tracks/emphasis areas related to health:

  • Bachelor of Individualized Study: Life Sciences concentration, Public Health concentration, etc.,
  • Journalism: Strategic Communications BA/MA in Health Communication
  • Psychology (BS)
  • Sociology (BS): Health Care and Careers sub-plan
  • Technical Writing and Communication: Biological and Health Sciences sub-plan

Minors/Certificates related to health:

  • Addiction Studies Certificate
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • History of Science, Technology, and Medicine
  • Microbiology
  • Neuroscience
  • Nutrition
  • Pharmacology
  • Public Health

Majors with science emphasis to prepare for professional health programs

(Medical, Dental, Pharmacy, Veterinary, Physical Therapy, Speech Pathology, etc.)

*Note: these majors do not necessarily include all prerequisite courses needed for all professional health programs. Be sure to work with your academic adviser to ensure that you have planned in all prerequisites for your intended program.

  • Animal Science
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Biology, Society, and Environment
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior
  • Food Science
  • Genetics, Cell Biology, and Development
  • Inter-College Program, Health and Wellness
  • Kinesiology
  • Microbiology
  • Neuroscience
  • Nutrition
  • Physiology
  • Plant Biology
  • Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences

**These majors could also lead to careers directly after completing a Bachelor's, although the career would be less-likely to be direct patient care. Most patient care roles require some form of licensure, certification, and/or advanced study in a specialty area.






Many of the majors above are competitive majors and it is important to check with the college about admissions requirements and application procedures.

Review these lists and choose a few majors to explore based on your interests and goals. Use the Major Profiles page to learn more about each major of interest.

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