Pre-Health Track

Few fields provide as much variety, opportunity, and sheer satisfaction as the field of medicine.

Whether you decide to become a medical doctor, dentist, veterinarian, physician assistant, nurse, or physical therapist, Syracuse University has the pre-health track for you. As a graduate, you’ll have the skills, knowledge, and preparation necessary to enter into one of the world’s most dynamic and respected careers.

To get you there, Syracuse gives you the very best of classroom and real-world learning, creating a personalized, immersive, and well-rounded educational experience.

Pre-health advising


Course work covers biology, genetics, and public health. Sample courses include:

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Cell Biology
  • Calculus
  • Expository Writing
  • Genetics
  • Statistics

Practical Experience

Round out your resume, build valuable relationships, and impress potential employers and graduate schools by joining one of Syracuse’s many pre-health student organizations, participating in research, and interning:   

  • Become an active member of one of the student pre-health organizations, including the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) for pre-med students, For The Animals (FTA) for pre-veterinary students, and the Rebecca Lee Pre-Health Society for students for students interested in all health professions.
  • Clinical and internship opportunities abound at Syracuse University due in part to its close proximity to many major health facilities, including Crouse Hospital, Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital, Syracuse VA Medical Center, and the Rosamond Gifford Zoo.
  • You can participate in departmental research in various subjects and at different facilities. For example, research psychology and engineering at the Institute for Sensory Research or via the iLearn Innovative Learning Program.
  • The Mary Ann Shaw Center for Public and Community Service is a living-learning classroom designed to help you reach your maximum leadership potential through volunteer public and community service activities.

Study Abroad

Broaden your perspective and enhance your resume with a study abroad experience during your college years. Consistently ranked among the top 25 international education providers in the U.S., Syracuse Abroad has more than 100 programs in 60 countries.

Some of the many opportunities for students in pre-health include:

  • Frontiers Abroad: Earth Science - Christchurch, New Zealand
    • Offers a five-week field camp followed by a semester of research-focused education.
  • American University Nairobi: Public Health - Nairobi, Kenya
    • Includes study and an internship or independent research project at Nairobi University and the Turkana Basin Institute.
  • SEA Semester - Woods Hole, Massachusetts, and various locations
    • Spend six weeks on land and six weeks at sea studying chemistry, biology, physics, and geology of the oceans, as well as designing your own research project.
  • SIT India: Health and Human Rights -New Delhi, India
    • Explore the links between public health and human rights with a focus on marginalized and vulnerable populations.

Life after Syracuse University

As a graduate with a pre-health track, you can enter an MD/Ph.D. program in a wide variety of medical disciplines including:

  • Dentistry
  • Veterinary medicine
  • Pharmacy
  • Nursing
  • Physical therapy

Or, explore the many pre-health opportunities that are not limited to the practice of medicine, such as research, administration, or teaching.