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Undergraduate Programs

Undergraduate majors in Purdue's School of Health Sciences prepare students for fulfilling health-related careers. Our challenging curriculum offers a common core of courses in mathematics, physics, biology, and chemistry. Within Health Sciences students have the opportunity to participate in multiple health-related student organizations, gain real-world experience through internships, and conduct groundbreaking undergraduate research. Graduates from the School of Health Sciences have found excellent success in gaining employment and admission to professional school programs including medicine, dentistry, physical therapy (PT), occupational therapy (OT), optometry, public health, and physician assistant (PA).

Recent alumni of the School of Health Sciences work for a variety of companies including Google,, Johnson & Johnson, Subaru, Alcoa, Indiana State Department of Health, Purdue University, Indiana State Police, IU Health, St. Elizabeth Hospital, Lyondell Basell, and Flint Hills Resources. In 2013, approximately 70% of Health Sciences graduates enrolled in professional or graduate school programs.

Please visit the pages listed below to learn more about our undergraduate majors.

Occupational Health Science
Designed for students interested in anticipating, identifying, evaluating, and controlling industrial and environmental hazards.

Radiological Health Science
Designed for students interested in the protection of people and the environment from the harmful effects of radiation. The major offers two concentrations: Health Physics and Pre-Medical Physics.

Environmental Health Science
Designed for students interested in the protection of human health and the environment.

Medical Laboratory Sciences
Designed for students interested in the performance of clinical tests that provide information to aid physicians in the diagnosis and treatment of disease and the maintenance of wellness. Upon graduation, students are eligible to complete the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP) and other certifying agencies.

Health Sciences Pre-Professional
The School of Health Sciences offers the following pre-professional majors:
Public Health; Pre-Chiropractic; Pre-Dentistry; Pre-Medicine (Pre-Med); Pre-Occupational Therapy (Pre-OT); Pre-Optometry; Pre-Physical Therapy (Pre-PT); Pre-Physician's Assistant (Pre-PA)

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