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Career in Health Professions

If you are looking for guidance in preparing for a career in the health professions, this is a good place to start. The following links will direct you to sites either in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics or in other colleges at UH that offer preparatory programs.

Medicine & Dentistry

In the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, students will find routes to superb preparation for careers in the health professions. While students who hope to attend medical or dental school may choose to major in any department, most find that a major in biology and biochemistry best meets their needs. Students should participate in UH’s Pre-Health Advising. Qualified students may be eligible for the Joint Admission Medical Program.


Pre-nursing courses are offered at UH and prepare students to transfer to the nursing program of their choice. Pre-nursing students typically major in social sciences, health, biology, or remain University Studies students because of the nature of this field and their intent to remain at UH only two years. Students wanting to complete a bachelor’s degree before entering nursing school should consider UH’s College of Nursing.


Learn about requirements for admission to the UH College of Pharmacy.


Learn about requirements for admission to the UH College of Optometry.


Prepare for a career as a registered dietitian by majoring in Human Nutrition and Foods through the Department of Health and Human Performance in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.

Physical Therapy

Prerequisite coursework to prepare students for physical therapy programs are taken throughout the University of Houston with an emphasis on sciences. Nearly all programs require that students earn a baccalaureate degree and then earn their PT degree at the master's level.