Program Requirements

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Students who are accepted into the Health Profession Pathways program
will participate in a variety of required and elective activities throughout their undergraduate career. 

These activities will help Pathways students to build the competencies and meet the milestones necessary to be competitive for application to a health professional program.

Health Profession Pathways is built on a foundation of holistic, individualized support. So, while there are activities that all Pathways students will participate in (both as a group and individually), each student will have opportunities to build out a personalized plan for their journey from career exploration to application preparation to a health degree program.

No two students’ HPP experience will look exactly the same because no two students come into the U with the same set of strengths, challenges, and motivations.

Program Components 

Required Components - Year 1

The following list outlines the required activities for HPP students during their first year:

  • Meet regularly with your Pathways Support Team, which includes PHSRC staff, your PES peer mentor, etc. This will be a total of approx. 2-3 meetings per semester.  
    • Together with your Pathways Support Team, build out your personalized Pathways Plan
  • Meet with Health Science Student Coaches, 1-2 times semester
  • Participate in Pathways workshops and attend specific PHSRC events like the Health Careers Fair 
  • Enroll in specific credit courses, including pre-health exploration courses from the PHSRC, and personalized sections of an academic success course and a freshman writing course. More details on the required course enrollments found in the next box. 

Additional opportunities may develop during Pathways Year 1.

Key Components Years 2-4

Students will collaborate with their support team to build out a personalized Pathways plan that will shape their curricular and co-curricular experiences. Some of these experiences will be required to meet program requirements, some highly recommended. This list below gives some examples of the types of required and highly recommended experiences. 

  • Serve as Pathways Peer Coach to younger Pathways students 
  • Participate in meaningful shadowing and volunteering programs 
  • Enroll in AHS 2400: Writing a Personal Statement in year of application
  • Engage in mentorship & networking with health professional school students and faculty
  • Participate in Pathways workshops and attend specific PHSRC events like the Health Professional School Expo
Highly Recommended 
  • Conduct research either independently or within a structured program 
  • Participate in Pre-Health LEAD, a leadership program
  • Enroll in the Leadership Minor track option  

Pathways Course Requirements - Year 1

Students who are enrolled Health Profession Pathways are required to enroll in the following courses during their first year in the program (Fall 2021 and Spring 2022). 

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Fall 2021

Pathways students will be required to take the following courses during the Fall 2021 semester. 

  1. One pre-health exploration course (1 credit) with the PHSRC: Students will choose either AHS 1101, AHS 1102, or AHS 1600
  2. WRIT 1301: First Year Writing
More about these courses

For students who are exploring a variety of health career interests, AHS 1101 or 1102:

  • AHS 1101: Orientation to Health Careers, 1 credit, online, asynchronous with Q&A sessions with guest speakers on Mondays from 3:35 - 4:25pm
  • AHS 1102: Orientation to Health Careers, 1 credit, online, asynchronous (no Q&A sessions) 

For students who are coming in with an interest in medicine (pre-med):

  • AHS 1600: The Future Physician I - Medicine in the 21st Century, 1 credit, online, asynchronous with Q&A sessions with physician guest speakers on Wednesdays from 3:35 - 4:25pm

All Pathways students:

WRIT 1301: First Year Writing, 4 credits, in-person, Mondays, 10:10am - 12:05pm

  • All U of M undergraduates must complete the first-year writing (FYW) requirement within the first two semesters of registration. We have built this course into the Pathways program to provide a cohort-like opportunity to learn with fellow Pathways students about the importance of critical thinking, written communication, and reflection as a future health professional.

Spring 2022

Pathways students will enroll in the following courses for Spring 2022. 

  1. AHS 1104: Experiences in Health
  2. LASK 1001: Mastering Skills for College Success
More about these courses
  • AHS 1104: Experiences in Health, 2 credits, in-person, Fridays, 1:25 - 3:15 
    • This course will give Pathways students a unique opportunity to go behind the scenes in the UMN Health Science schools and colleges for hands-on career exploration opportunities.
  • LASK 1001: Mastering Skills for College Success, 2 credits, time TBD
    • This specific Pathways section of LASK 1001 will be another opportunity for Pathways students to learn together in cohort-like experience. The road to health professional programs includes rigorous science prerequisite coursework, which then only gets more challenging when you enter health professional programs. Building this course into the first year of the Pathways program will help students to master key skills including: effective study habits, critical thinking strategies, time and stress management, etc. This will set them up to meet the challenges ahead and be prepared to enter into a health degree program.