Being a Pre-Health Student at UC Davis

Pre-Health 101

Check out our two minute video made to get you acquainted with being a pre-health student.

Created by Lauren Salinero

Exploring Careers

Whether you just decided to pursue a health profession or you've known since you were two years old that you were going to be a doctor, welcome! Choosing a career in the health field is a noble yet challenging pursuit. Our office, along with many others on campus, can help you navigate the path toward the next step.

The FIRST step in pursuing a health profession is narrowing down your many options. Check out the list to the left. Visit these pages to learn more about the various health careers. You should also strive to shadow or volunteer in the various health careers before deciding on one.

Considering Your Major?

  • UCD does not offer a pre-health (pre-med) major or minor. You can choose any major you prefer. Here is a list of UCD Majors.

  • Health professions schools do not have a major preference. In fact, having a non-science major can help you stand out.

  • You will have to take the prerequisite science coursework regardless of your major.

  • It is very important to have a high science and overall GPA. Choose a major you enjoy and do very well in your science courses.

  • You will need to know your pre-reqs for whichever field you wish to pursue. Check out our Pre-Health Requirements page to find the requirements for each field.


If you are pursuing medicine, you do not and should not know your medical specialty while an undergrad. You do not find out what type of doctor you will become until your fourth year of medical school. Simply say, "I'm pre-med." or "I want to be a physician."

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Health Related Internships

We encourage everyone to start with a Health Related Internship to explore health careers and get foundational knowledge about what it means to work in a particular setting. HRIs will help you learn more about any of the following fields:

  • Chiropractic
  • Dentistry
  • Dietetics/Nutrition
  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Optometry
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical Therapy

HRIs require 4 hours per week with one or two quarter committments. You receive transcript notation, and shuttles are available for the UCDMC locations.

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