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Courses

Pre-Health Courses

Explore health careers by taking a credit course...today! Wondering which health career would be a good fit for you? Take AHS 1101 or AHS 1102.

Thinking about becoming a physician? Take the AHS 1600/1601/1602 Future Physician series!
(Click on the image for short video on the Future Physician Course Series.AHCHCC_FuturePhysicianVideoScreen)

Interested in clinical research and putting together a research proposal?
AHS 2300 will introduce you to this unique field of clinical research. Need a structured environment for writing your personal statement? Sign up for AHS 2400.

Look at the list below for these courses and additional course ideas that fit your goals!

Pre-Health Courses

Explore health careers and prepare through these courses offered by the Health Careers Center:

  • AHS 1101: Orientation to Health Careers

    This one-credit (1 cr) course is designed for students interested in exploring the many career paths available in health care. This course will help students decide if a career in the health professions is a good fit for them.

    Students will have the opportunity to reflect on their own values, skills and interests. They will also hear first-hand from an extensive line-up of guest speakers and learn more about the academic and experiential requirements for health professional schools at the University, and programs outside the University as well. Activities include interest inventories, discussions, journaling, developing an action plan, and other reflective assignments.

    Students will:

    • Assess their own interests, values, personality and abilities as relate to health careers.

    • Through guest speakers, class discussions and the media, gain an understanding of the competencies, professionalism and decision-making skills needed to succeed in health professions.

    • Learn about health-related academic majors and health professions through resource exploration, informational interviews, and presentations by guest health professionals.

    • Integrate the acquired knowledge to develop goals and an action plan to pursue their career choice.
     

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  • AHS 1102: Orientation to Health Careers (online)

    This web-based, one-credit course is for undergraduate students who are exploring health majors and professions. Students will have the opportunity to reflect on their own values, skills and interests as they learn about the academic and experiential requirements for the University of Minnesota health professional schools.

    Activities include interest inventories, discussions, journaling, developing an action plan, and other reflective assignments. This course will help students decide if a career in the health professions is a good fit for them.

    Students will:

    • Assess vocational interests, values and behavioral styles.
    • Explore issues related to professionalism and ethics in healthcare.
    • Learn about health-related academic majors and professions through resource exploration, informational interviews and presentations by health professional faculty.

    Note that credit will not be granted if credit has been received for AHS 1101.


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  • AHS 1600: The Future Physician I: Medicine in the 21st Century

    Learn about the multi-disciplinary field of medicine and the challenges shaping the work of health professionals in the healthcare field. Explore the history of medicine and health as well as grow in an understanding of global health issues and global healthcare systems. Explore the relationships and roles of physicians, their team members and the patient and learn about the commitment needed to become a physician.

    This course is taught collaboratively by Dr. Shailey Prasad, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health; Investigator, Rural Health Research Center, University of Minnesota; Medical Director, Broadway Family Medicine, and Tricia Todd, MPH, Assistant Director of the Health Careers Center, University of Minnesota.
    Details:
    • 1 credit
    • Offered: Fall semester
    • Prerequisites: None
    • Registration: No Permission number required. Some seats reserved for incoming freshman, otherwise open enrollment.
     

  • AHS 1601: The Future Physician II: The Life and Work of a Physician

    Explore the field of medicine by interacting with guest physician speakers from the University of Minnesota Medical School and the community. Learn to think critically about the challenges and opportunities of a career in medicine through interactive and reflective exercises. Learn about the essential and desired qualities of a medical student, and explore your own motivations and fit with a career in medicine.

    This course is taught collaboratively by Dr. Shailey Prasad, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health; Investigator, Rural Health Research Center, University of Minnesota; Medical Director, Broadway  Family Medicine, and Tricia Todd, MPH, Assistant Director of the Health Careers Center, University of Minnesota.

    Details:

    • 1 credit
    • Offered: Spring semester, in-person
    • Prerequisites: AHS 1600 and instructor approval
    • To register: Registration for this course requires a permission number, which is available until the course is filled. Email your permission number request to Tricia Todd, MPH, course instructor, at todd0002@umn.edu or 612-624-6767.

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  • AHS 1602: The Future Physician III: Experiences in Medicine (online)

    An essential component of your application to medical school is experience in a health care setting. This course requires you to complete 35 hours of volunteer experience in a setting that employs physicians and serves patients. In addition, you will complete a medical school application plan and gain additional insight into your own fit with the field of medicine.

    Details:

    • 2 credits

    • Offered online: Fall, spring, summer semesters

    • Prerequisites: AHS 1600 or 1601, instructor approval

    • To register: Registration for this course requires a permission number, which are available until the course is filled. Requests to Tricia Todd, MPH, course instructor, at todd0002@umn.edu or 612-624-6767.


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  • Global Seminar: The Global Future Physician

    Students who take part in this seminar will gain a greater understanding of health care and public health in the context of a rapidly developing economy. Special emphasis will be paid to a comparative look at health care between India and the United States. In addition, students will travel to the rural, tribal communities south of Mysore to explore the regional development and health challenges specific to that region.

    Where will we be going?
    The global seminar will be held at the Vivekananda Institute of Indian Studies (VIIS), in Mysore, India. VIIS is an educational institution of the Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement (SVYM), a leading NGO in the field of health and development in India.

    The seminar will be based out the VIIS campus in Mysore, India, and will include many field visits to tribal and rural areas of the Mysore district, Mysore Medical College, a government-run hospital and a private hospital. Additionally, the seminar will include visits to ancient temples, rural development projects, and water resource utilization projects to gain an understanding of health and medicine in context.

    Mysore is a mid-size city in the southern Indian state of Karnataka. It is known for its beautiful palaces, temples and cultural activities.
     

    Read more about this unique learning opportunity

  • AHS 2300: Orientation to Clinical Research

    Professionalism, Ethics, Research Design, Regulation, Field Placement, Teamwork 

    “Clinical Research is research that either directly involves a particular person or group of people or uses materials from humans, such as their behavior or sample of their tissue, that can be linked to a particular living person.” (National Institutes of Health, 2012)

    Intended for pre-health students interested in clinical research and careers in health professions, this seminar introduces pre-health students to the field of clinical research, ethical conduct and professionalism, and clinical research methods pertinent to medicine, dentistry, public health, pharmacy, and nursing. In this course, students meet major principal investigators advancing key discoveries for various patient populations. This class will meet 8 times during the fall semester (10:10am - 12:05pm on Wednesdays), and you participate in 15 additional hours of a clinical research field experience as part of the course.

    To apply:
    Please complete the following survey: AHS 2300 Application Survey (Fall 2014)
    Application Deadline: April 14th, midnight

    In this course, you will:

    • Learn about clinical research
    • Meet a range of faculty with clinical research experience
    • Participate in 15 hours of a field experience in a clinical research setting
    • Develop a research proposal, with potential to participate in an ongoing clinical research opportunity in spring 2015.*

    * This option may include the opportunity to study abroad in Denmark, and conduct clinical research there. If you are interested, please let us know in the application survey.

    Field placement sites have included the: Cancer Center, Center for Clinical and Cognitive Neuropharmacology, Clinical Investigations Center, Cystic Fibrosis Center, Oral Health Clinical Research Center, and Medtronic.

    Prerequisites:

    • A cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.5 or above
    • An interest in clinical research
    • Past experiences in a health setting – volunteer, internships, or paid work
    • A career interest in a health profession such as dentistry, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, or public health
    • Enough flexibility in your schedule to allow 15 hours in a field placement during the fall semester

    To apply:
    Please complete the following survey: AHS 2300 Application Survey (Fall 2014)
    Application Deadline: April 14th, midnight

    The course is offered to 10 qualified students. We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis through April 14th (application deadline). We will inform students about your acceptance/status in the course as soon as possible after the April 14th deadline. Some students may be invited for an additional in-person interview.

    If you are accepted into the course, you will receive a permission number which will guarantee your admittance into the class.

    Instructors:

    Russell Luepker, MD, MS, Mayo Professor of Public Health, School of Public Health
    Judy Beniak, DNP, MPH, RN, Director, Health Careers Center
    Tricia Todd, MPH, Assistant Director, Health Careers Center
     

    If you are unable to enroll in AHS 2300, we invite you to consider PubH 3315: Clinical Research from Lab to Bedside to Populations. PubH 3315 also provides an introduction to clinical research.

  • AHS 2400: Writing a Personal Statement

    Do you need to write a personal statement or essay for your application to a health profession program? Are you having trouble figuring out how to get started, or how to tell your story in a concise and compelling way? Writing a personal statement can be challenging. Take this class and learn how to build your own story... and learn to express yourself the “write” way!

    Who should take this course? Pre-health students who will be applying to a health professional program within the next year.

    AHS 2400: Writing a Personal Statement

    Spring 2015, 1 credit, S/N only
    This course meets for two hours, every other week during the spring 2015 semester
    Sec 1 - Tuesdays, 2:30 - 4:25pm (Course dates: Jan 27, Feb 10, Feb 24, Mar 10, Mar 24, April 7, April 21, May 5)
    Sec 2 - Thursdays, 10:10am - 12:05pm (Course dates: Jan 22, Feb 5, Feb 19, Mar 5, April 2, April 16, April 30, May 7)
     

    How to request a permission number for Spring 2015 Please complete the following survey - AHS 2400 Application Survey for Spring 2015 - to be considered for a permission number. You will hear back from the Health Careers Center about your status in the course. Please contact us with any questions along the way at 612-624-6767 or HCC@umn.edu.

  • AHS 3101: The New Health Professions Team

    This course will help students grow in their understanding and capacity to work in interdisciplinary teams in a multitude of settings, from serving patients to serving communities.The future health of our world's population requires a generation of creative, motivated, strategic, expansive thinkers prepared to collaborate across disciplines and sectors to preempt and address the causes of poor health in patients and populations. The knowledge and skills needed to be successful come from all disciplines, not just the health professions, and require us to learn about and work with each other. In addition to sharing discipline specific knowledge, the key is to translate concepts and language so interprofessional teams can identify, dissect, define, and solve health-related grand challenges together.

    2 credits
    Meets Mondays, 2:30 - 4:10pm (Spring 2015)

    Who should take this course? This course is recommended for junior and senior undergraduate students pursuing a health career. Students are encouraged to take this course once they have completed many of their prerequisite courses for their major and their health profession. Students are also encouraged to have had some experience working or volunteering so they have some context for the course information.

    Taught by:
    Tricia Todd, Assistant Director, Health Careers Center; Instructor, School of Public Health
    Karin Hamilton, DVM, MPH, Dipl. ACVPM, Instructor, Veterinary Population Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine

Additional Courses to Consider

Or take a related class in the health professions area, such as:

• BTHX 5100: Introduction to Clinical Ethics
• BTHX 5210: Ethics of Human Subjects Research
• CSPH 1001: Principles of Holistic Health and Healing
• CSPH 1101: Self, Society and Environment
• GCD 3022: Genetics
• HINF 5501: US Health Care System - Information Challenges in Clinical Care
• HMed 3001-2: Health Care in History 1 and 2
• HMed 3040: Human Health, Disease and Environment in History
• LAMP 4177: Nature of Disease: Pathology for the Health Professions
• Phar 1002: Health Sciences Terminology
• Phar 1003: Nonprescription Meds and Self-Care: Treating Minor Conditions
• Phar 1004: Common Prescription Drugs and Diseases
• Phar 1005: Intro to Drug Therapies of Addiction: Medicine or Menace
• Phar 3101: A Pill for Every Problem or Problem Pills
• Phar 5201: Health Sciences Applied Terminology
• Phil 1005/1005H: Scientific Reasoning
• Phil 3302W: Moral Problems of Contemporary Society
• PubH 3001: Personal and Community Health
• PubH 3004: Basic Concepts in Personal and Community Health
• PubH 3350: People, Places and Disease: Intro to Epidemiology
• Span 1041: Beginning Medical Spanish
• Span 1044: Intermediate Medical Spanish
• Span 3044: Advanced Medical Spanish
• VPM 2850: Health and Biodiversity (VPM=Veterinary Population Medicine)

Or, try other career exploration courses:

• Biol 1020: Biology Colloquium
• Biol 2001: Career Planning for Biologists
• ID 1201: Major and Career Exploration
• IOFT 1312: Careers in Science and Engineering
• OUE 2100: Academic Planning and Exploration

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