This program is changing its name to Biomedical Health Sciences (BMHS) effective Fall 2021 in recognition of the STEM and biomedical focus of this major.  Newly admitted students for Fall 2021 to Health Sciences Pre-Professional (HSPP) may continue in HSPP or change to BMHS when they matriculate. Current students interested in changing to this program should consider our new Biomedical Health Sciences (BMHS) major.  We encourage current HSPP students to discuss with their HSCI academic advisor if transferring into the new program is beneficial for their education and career goals.

Health Sciences, Pre-Professional (STEM CIP Code: 26.0102)

The Health Sciences, Pre-Professional Programs (HSPP) are designed to prepare students for entry into professional and graduate schools in a wide arena of health professions and health sciences. The coursework builds a solid foundation in the biomedical health sciences to prepare our undergraduates for the challenges of pursuing a career in the diverse and ever-changing industry of healthcare and health science. Due to the thoughtful design of our curriculum, students take similar coursework the first two years of enrollment, allowing the flexibility of switching from one HSPP program to another. The most outstanding feature of HSPP is that the course requirements for entry into professional or graduate school are incorporated into the plans of study, resulting in no extra coursework for our undergraduates.

Across the 5 concentrations currently available, required courses include biochemistry, human anatomy and physiology, chemistry, organic chemistry, public health, environmental health science, radiological health science, medical terminology, calculus, statistics for biology depending on the concentration selected.  In addition, students take courses from a growing list of research-focused HSCI Selectives that include basics of oncology, imaging in medicine, immunology, industrial hygiene engineering control, healthcare leadership, applied anatomy for medicine, toxicology, analytical toxicology and pathology, and occupational health sciences.  Four of the concentrations contain curriculum specific for academic preparation for either dental school, medical school, optometry school, or physician assistants school.  While our newest concentration, Interdisciplinary Health Sciences, allows students maximum flexibility.  This new Interdisciplinary Health Sciences concentration is also suited for students who are potentially interested in variety of health careers, including those aligned with our now expired concentrations (Chiropractic, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Public Health), as it is designed to broadly prepare students for the wide-range of human health professions and health sciences careers.  

A visit is the best way to get to know Purdue and the School of Health Sciences. Contact the HHS Office of Student Services by phone: (765) 494-8533, email: or schedule your visit online at least one week prior to your visit to arrange a time to meet with an academic advisor and learn more about Health Sciences.


Interdisciplinary Health Sciences (now available)

Pre-Chiropractic (not accepting new students)

Pre-Dentistry (Pre-Dent)

Pre-Medicine (Pre-Med)

Pre-Occupational Therapy (Pre-OT) (not accepting new students)


Pre-Physical Therapy (Pre-PT) (not accepting new students)

Pre-Physician Assistant (Pre-PA)

Public Health

Potential Careers Fields with Additional Education

  • Surgeon
  • Dentist
  • Orthodontist
  • Chiropractor
  • Physical Therapist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Optometrist
  • Cardiologist
  • Gastroenterologist
  • Pediatrician
  • University Faculty
  • Product Research and Development

Additional Career and Post-Bachelor's Options

Beyond the Classroom

HHS and Krannert School of Management 3 + 2 Program

The "3+2" program is available to outstanding undergraduates in Health Sciences Pre-Professional. The program allows students to complete their B.S. and M.B.A. in five years. Students receive their B.S. degree in May of their fourth year and their M.B.A. in May of their fifth year. To be considered for this program, the student’s grade point average must be a 3.7/4.0 at the beginning of their junior year. If eligible, the student completes the application process for graduate school during the junior year.


Masters in Public Health (MPH) 4+1 Program

"There is a possibility for students to do a 4+1 BS/MPH program in collaboration with the Department of Public Health. Students may apply for admission to the MPH program in their junior year. Undergraduate and graduate courses will be combined over the next two years, permitting completion of both the BS and MPH degrees in five years for students engaged in full-time study. Students applying to this program must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5."

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