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Welcome to Pre-Health Advising

The Office of Pre-Health Advising at the University of Houston was created to connect the UH pre-health student with the opportunities and resources they need to successfully explore, prepare for, and enter a career in the health professions. The path towards professional school begins in a student’s first semester, thus students interested in the health professions are encouraged to begin exploring their areas of interest through the contents found on these webpages, by meeting with our advisors, and by attending our orientation sessions as early as their freshman year.



Medicine is the science and practice of the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease. Physicians practice medicine by earning a doctorate degree from an allopathic medical school (M.D.) or an osteopathic medical school (D.O.). Explore what it takes to become a physician.



Dentistry is a branch of medicine that concerns itself with the disorders and conditions of the oral cavity. Dentists attend dental school to earn a doctorate degree in dental surgery (D.D.S.) or dental medicine (D.D.M.). Explore what it takes to become a dentist.



Optometry is the health field involved with examining, diagnosing, treating, and managing diseases, injuries, and disorders of the visual system, as well as identifying related systemic conditions affecting the eye. Optometrists attend optometry schools to earn a doctorate degree in optometry (O.D.).



Pharmacy is the science and technique of preparing and dispensing drugs. Pharmacists earn a doctorate degree in pharmacy (Pharm.D.) by attending pharmacy school.


Physician Assistant

Physician Assistants (PAs) practice medicine on healthcare teams with physicians and other providers. They practice under a supervising physician. A PA earns a master’s degree through a Physician Assistant school.



Nursing is the protection, promotion, and optimization of health through disease prevention, healing facilitation, diagnosis and treatment, and the advocacy of healthcare. There are several educational paths that one may become a nurse


Physical Therapy

Physical therapy is a branch of medicine that uses mechanical force and movements through manual therapy, exercise therapy, and electrotherapy, to promote mobility and function. Physical Therapists earn a doctorate degree in Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) by attending Physical Therapy School.


Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy is the use of assessment and intervention to develop, recover, or maintain meaningful activities (occupations) for people with disabilities, injuries or impairments. Occupational Therapists earn either a master’s (M.S.O.T.) or doctorate (O.T.D) degree in Occupational Therapy through an Occupational Therapy School.

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Speech Language Pathology

Speech language pathologists (SLPs) assess and treat individuals from birth through geriatrics who have disorders of human communication and swallowing. In order to practice independently, Speech Language Pathologists earn a M.S. degree. Certification and licensure is required in most states. 


Veterinary Medicine

Veterinarian medicine is the science and practice of the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease in animals. Veterinarians (vets) practice veterinary medicine by earning a doctorate degree from a veterinary school (D.V.M.).


Other Allied Health

Allied Health professionals are involved with the delivery of health or related services pertaining to the identification, evaluation and prevention of diseases and disorders; dietary and nutrition services; rehabilitation and health systems management, among others.


Public Health

Public health is the interdisciplinary science of preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting human health including but not limited to epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental health, community health, behavioral health, health economics, public policy, mental health and occupational safety.


The Joint Admission Medical Program (JAMP) is a unique program, created by the Texas Legislature to encourage and support economically disadvantaged students from across Texas to successfully matriculate into medical school and pursue a career in medicine

Learn more about JAMP


The Health Professions Advisory Committee (HPAC) serves as an application pre-evaluation committee that produces a letter of support on behalf of aspiring premedical/predental applicants. Texas medical and dental schools expect applicants to go through this pre-evaluation process when these letter writing committees are available (like at UH).

Learn more about HPAC

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