Where Do I Start?

PreHealth Handbook

Over the next four years, you have the opportunity to acquire a broad liberal arts education, and to determine what graduate education and work you will pursue after Washington University. Health care is an exciting and varied field – while some students will decide that direct patient care is the perfect fit for them, others will make landmark contributions through biomedical research careers, and still others will be drawn to care for populations through public health, public policy work, and health care administration. Direct patient care encompasses an exciting array of careers, serving the different needs of patients in varied clinical settings.

The more courses you take and the more co-curricular experiences you acquire, the more information you will have to inform your decision.

Nearly everything you need to know about being a PreHealth Student can be found in the PreHealth Handbook! 

  • Join the PreHealth email list: Email your anticipated year of entry into professional school, wustl email address, and first and last name to Liz Heidger ( and ask to be added to the list serv mailing list.
  •  Choosing your Major
  • Get to know your four year advisor as well as your major advisor, they will have lots of valuable information for you including advice on your course selections.
  • If there are any PreHealth related questions that you have that can not be answered by your advisor please feel free to come see a PreHealth Advisor during their walk-in hours.
  • Alums who are planning to apply to medical school please contact Liz Heidger (



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