Is it possible for pre-health profession students to study off-campus?

Pre-health students are encouraged and should study off-campus for all the same reasons as any other liberally educated student as well as for reasons that are specific to the medical and health communities.  These reason include:

  • To gain a greater understanding of the range of human cultural similarity and difference
  • To gain a greater understanding of the breadth of species on the planet and how they function in their specific environment
  • To grow in understanding of the human condition in different settings
  • To become comfortable with diversity
  • To increase empathy and become more humble
  • To gain maturity and responsibility
  • To challenge oneself to be in uncomfortable in new environments with new people
  • To acquire language skills to better serve patients and their families
  • To see that there are many ways to be in service to others

Whom do I speak with as a pre-health student if I want to study off-campus?

Pre-health students are encouraged to meet with the Off-Campus Programs Office to talk about their personal and academic goals for studying abroad.  Off-Campus Programs staff can help students learn more about each individual program offered and how it will help to meet those goals.  At this time, students can also learn more about the financial aid process, credit transfer and have any additional questions or concerns answered.  Please fill out a request to meet with the Off-Campus Programs Office here.

Pre-health students should also meet with an advisor within the Pre-Health Advising Committee.  These advisors can help students plan their academic schedule in order to decide when the best term or semester for students would be to study off-campus.

These advisors include:

  • Dr. Beth De Stasio- Biology Department
  • Dr. Nancy Wall- Biology Department
  • Dr. Stefan Debbert- Chemistry Department
  • Dr. Matt Ansfield- Psychology Department
  • Dr. Doug Martin- Physics Department

What program options are available for pre-health students?

While some science students use their experience studying off campus to fulfill general education and distribution  requirements, there are program options for students that provide both science-intensive coursework as well as hands-on experience performing field studies, independent research projects and internships.  Below is a list of options for science students that may fit the goals of many pre-health profession students.

- Students take courses at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU Amsterdam) which is known for their strong science programs, particularly global health, biomedicine, and neuroscience as well as offering courses in psychology, earth sciences, and other areas.

- Students can participate in a part-time internship in a health-related field.  While internship placements in clinics or hospitals are not possible, students can be placed in global or community health organizations or advocacy groups.  Working with a professor on campus, students can tailor an independent study to fit their academic goals.  Many pre-health students also utilize their courses at the London Centre to fulfill general education and distribution requirements to keep progressing with these requirements as well.

- Students participating in the CIEE Botswana: Community Public Health program have the opportunity to directly enroll at the University of Botswana for electives, one of which will focus on public health.  Through CIEE, students will take courses focusing on public health in the region as well as take part in a community health practicum. 

-Clinical shadowing is available through the program as well as Medical Spanish courses.
-Please note that there is a Spanish 202 language prerequisite for this program.

  •      MSID- International Development in Ecuador or Kenya

  -Both of these programs offer a combination of courses and internships in a public health track in relation to international development. 
  -Please note that there is a Spanish 202 language prerequisite for the program in Ecuador as the courses are taken in Spanish and the internship is conducted within the community in Spanish.

- The IFSA-Butler Contemporary India program gives students from a broad range of disciplinary backgrounds an opportunity to explore unique issues facing the world’s largest democracy as a multi-cultural society and rising superpower. Elective courses include topics on social justice, development economics, social entrepreneurship, and public health. All students complete an intensive field-based component by doing either an internship, directed research project, or film project.

- Students participating in the CIEE Ghana: Arts and Sciences program have the opportunity to directly enroll at the University of Ghana, the oldest and largest university in the country, and take course offerings in sciences and public health.  There is also a wide variety of elective courses in many different fields, making it intriguing for students of any academic background or interest.  If you plan on completing science courses in Ghana, please contact CIEE and the Off-Campus Programs office to discuss your courses options.  

-This program has an intensive biology focus, specifically on conservation and ecology.  Students will study many animals indigenous to this island, often not found anywhere else in the world.  Anthropological topics are also addressed throughout the course while students hike and camp around Ranomafana National Park performing field work.  This program also has an independent research project that can be tailored to students' academic needs and interests working with an advisor on campus. 

-Courses offered each semester may vary; however, past courses have included: organic and inorganic chemistry, biochemistry, and physical chemistry.  A range of upper level mathematics courses are also available.
  -Students will be immersed in courses as well as a research project while studying at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
  -Students will be collaborating and working among fellow science majors in the fields of astronomy, astrophysics, biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, environmental science, geology, mathematics and physics.

-This program could be tailored for pre-health interests in different ways.  Students take biological science courses pertaining primarily to conservation and ecology, but also focus on the human aspects of sustainability.  Public health has a small focus in this area.  Students also partake in a research project that could be tailored to students' academic needs and interests with the help and approval of an advisor on campus.

  -This program incorporates six weeks of work on shore at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts followed by six weeks at sea on a fully-equipped research vessel.  The program offers different route options for students to explore different oceans and topics.  This program is not limited to only science majors.

  -This semester program provides marine biology courses alongside hands-on field work on the coast of Cape Cod Massachusetts.

  -This is a four-week summer field study program incorporating lectures, biological field study and daily canoe outings in Superior National Forest in Northern Minnesota.  This program is typically offered for two separate sessions during the summer.