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Pre-Health Specialized Studies Program

The Pre-Health Specialized Studies Program is designed to help you build a more competitive professional school application. The Specialized Studies Program will meet your needs if you already have a significant scientific background but seek to bolster your academic credentials and update your knowledge of more advanced topics in the sciences, such as biology or neuroscience.

As a Pre-Health Specialized Studies student, we will help you design a study plan based on your personal academic background and timeline, in order to achieve optimal preparation for your chosen professional school.

Penn offers an incredible array of outstanding science courses, covering unique and engaging topics that will strengthen and broaden your scientific knowledge. The following list includes examples of recent upper-level science offerings taken by students in the Specialized Studies Program:

  • Advanced Cell Biology
  • Essentials of Molecular Biology and Genetics
  • Clinical Psychopharmacology
  • Cancer Cell Biology
  • Histology
  • Immunobiology
  • Essentials of Vertebrate Physiology
  • Essentials of Biochemistry
  • Human Anatomy
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Human Biome (a new course is in development on this topic)

You can complete the Specialized Studies Program on a full-time or part-time basis, with most students taking two to four courses per semester.

Successful candidates for the Specialized Studies Program will have previous experience working, volunteering or shadowing in a clinical setting or in another service-related capacity. You will continue building upon these experiences during your studies in the Specialized Studies Program.

Professional school linkages

Linkage Agreements

Linkages provide the opportunity to accelerate your entrance into a medical, veterinary, nursing or dental school.

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Looking for financial assistance?

Financial Aid

Learn about the options at Penn.

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Advising, workshops and much more

Program Features

Take advantage of the specially designed resources designed by the Pre-Health Programs team for your success.

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Penn LPS

The lifelong learning division of Penn Arts & Sciences

3440 Market Street, Suite 100
Philadelphia, PA 19104-3335

(215) 898-7326