Health Field Options

Washington University has an excellent record of placing its graduates in medical school and other health graduate programs — including the University's own School of Medicine. Any student who has the desire to pursue a health career can do so — and we provide all the help we can.

Athletic Training
An athletic trainer is a highly skilled health practitioner specializing in sports medicine. Athletic trainers play a significant role in the management, prevention and rehabilitation of injured athletes. Under the supervision of a licensed physician, athletic trainers administer immediate emergency and follow-up care to optimize one’s ability to participate in activity. More

(Audiology, Deaf Education, Speech and Hearing)
Professions focused on aiding those with hearing and speech impediments include audiology, speech-language pathology, and speech, language and hearing scientist. More

The opportunities that exist for dentists now and in the future make oral health one of the most exciting, challenging, and rewarding professions. Individuals who choose to pursue dental careers are motivated, scientifically curious, intelligent, ambitious, and socially conscious health professionals. They are men and women from diverse backgrounds and cultures, all of whom want to do work that makes a difference. More

Healthcare Administration
Healthcare administration professionals manage today’s hospital and healthcare organizations. They ensure that their organization has sufficient medical, operational and financial footing to serve the needs of patients, their families, and the community. They are skilled, trained professionals, who care about the quality of patient care. More

Medicine (M.D. and D.O.)
A career as an M.D. or a D.O. involves challenges, opportunities, and a chance to make a difference. It requires an inquisitive mind, an interest in science and how the body work, and a strong commitment to caring about other people and their problems. You should enjoy both using your knowledge to help others and increasing your knowledge for improving the lives of others. More

M.D./Ph.D. Programs or Medical Scientist Training Programs (MSTP) train physician-scientists to become leaders in biomedical research. Students who pursue this option obtain both an M.D. and a Ph.D. degree with in-depth training in modern biomedical research and clinical medicine. The typical M.D./Ph.D. career combines patient care and biomedical research but leans toward research. It is an excellent choice for students who are passionate about research and are certain that research will be an important dimension of their careers. More

What defines nursing and sets it apart from other health care professions, particularly medicine with which it has long been considered part and parcel? It is nurses’ focus – in theory and practice – on the response of the individual and the family to actual or potential health problems. Nurses are educated to be attuned to the whole person, not just the unique presenting health problem. More

Occupational Therapy
Occupational therapists (OTs) help people who have conditions that are mentally, physically, developmentally, or emotionally disabling improve their ability to perform tasks in their daily living and working environments. They also help them develop, recover, or maintain daily living and work skills. More

When people think of pharmacists, they think of the individuals that dispense drugs to patients from behind a drug store counter. While this is a critical part of what a pharmacist does, there are many interesting aspects of being a pharmacist. Pharmacists act as advisers to not only patients, but also doctors and other health care professionals about selection, dosages, interactions and side effects of medications. More

Ph.D. Programs
The Doctor of Philosophy or the Ph.D. is the highest degree received in graduate study. This degree involves the pursuit and creation of new knowledge with the intention to share it, have it challenged, and tested. Individuals can pursue the Ph.D. in virtually any field in the sciences including biomedical engineering, chemistry, physics or psychology. More

Physical Therapy
Physical therapy is an exciting, rewarding, and important health profession that applies scientific principles to prevent and remedy problems in human movement. Doctors of physical therapy specialize in diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of musculoskeletal and neuromuscular disorders that can impair or prevent normal physical function. More

Physician Assistant
Physician Assistants (PAs) are health professionals licensed to practice medicine with physician supervision. PAs perform a wide range of medical duties, from basic primary care to high-technology specialty procedures. PAs often act as first or second assistants in major surgery and provide pre- and post-operative care. More

Public Health
Public health is a diverse and dynamic field. The field challenges its professionals to confront complex health issues, such as improving access to health care, controlling infectious disease, and reducing environmental hazards, violence, substance abuse, and injury. More

Social Work
Social work’s roots are in affecting change. The field of social work is both a profession and a social science. It involves the application of social theory and research methods to study and improve the lives of people, groups, and societies. More

Veterinary Medicine
Today’s veterinarians are the only doctors that are educated to protect both animals and people. They address the health needs of every species of animal and they play a critical role in environmental protection, food safety, and public health. More

Be sure to visit our PreHealth Handbook for more information.

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