Premedical and Pre-Health Studies Certificate

A post-baccalaureate certificate that provides a broad-based premedical/pre-health background and prepares students to pursue advanced degrees in medicine as well as other healthcare-related fields. Integrates comprehensive, regularly scheduled premedical advising with courses that cover fundamental concepts in the biological, physical, and social sciences required for admission to medical school or other health professional schools, and/or in preparation for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) or other healthcare professional school admission tests. 

Students interested in this certificate should contact the Mallory-Wilson Center; 106 Pearson Hall; 513-529-3737;

Admission requirements:

Applicants are evaluated based on their previous academic record (3.2 GPA minimum), standardized test scores (SAT, ACT, or GRE), motivation, experience in medicine, and personal qualities. 

Two letters of recommendation are required: one should be from a faculty member, and a second from another faculty member, a supervisor, or a healthcare professional.

Certificate requirements:

Completion of 24 credit hours of certificate courses at Miami, with a 3.2 GPA.

Prior Coursework:

If a student has already completed a required course, they do not have to take the course again.  Also, if a student has already completed several required courses prior to entering the program such that they have fewer than 24 credit hours of required courses remaining, they may take elective courses to satisfy the required minimum of 24 credit hours.  

Students may elect to repeat a course taken prior to entering the program for a variety of reasons.  It may be that the student is not satisfied with their grade, or the course was taken several years ago.  Those students considering this option should discuss this with their pre-health professions advisor. 

Glide year assistance:

During the glide year (the year after finishing the certificate program in which one applies to and interviews for medical school), the Mallory-Wilson Center will continue to provide advising opportunities, including application review and mock interviewing.

Program Requirements

Required courses: 24 hours of the non-elective courses

BIO 116Biological Concepts: Structure, Function, Cellular, and Molecular Biology4
BIO 201Human Anatomy4
BIO 203Introduction to Cell Biology3
BIO 305Human Physiology4
General Chemistry:10
College Chemistry
and College Chemistry Laboratory
College Chemistry
and College Chemistry Laboratory
Organic Chemistry:10
Organic Chemistry
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
Organic Chemistry
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
Fundamentals of Biochemistry 1
Outlines of Biochemistry
Physics for the Life Sciences with Laboratory I
General Physics with Laboratory I
Physics for the Life Sciences with Laboratory II
General Physics with Laboratory II
Select one of the following:3-4
Applied Statistics
Professional Development
PMD 301Navigating Healthcare Professional School Admissions1

CHM 432 is the preferred course for Biochemistry

Elective courses: as needed (see Prior Coursework )

Biological Sciences
BIO 342Genetics3
BIO 361Patterns in Development4
BIO 449Biology of Cancer3
BIO 454Endocrinology3
BIO 457Neuroanatomy3
BIO 469Neurophysiology3
MBI 201General Microbiology4
MBI 361Fundamentals of Epidemiology3
MBI 365Molecular and Cell Biology3
MBI 405Medical Bacteriology4
MBI 415Immunology Principles and Practice4 or 3
or MBI 414 Immunology Principles
MBI 464Human Viruses3
Social Sciences
PSY 111
PSY 112
Introduction to Psychology
and Foundational Experiences in Psychology
SOC 153Sociology in a Global Context3

In consultation with the advisor, students will develop the best program of study for their needs. Students may also take additional elective coursework with the advisor’s approval. 

Opportunities for shadowing, volunteering, and research can be explored with the Mallory-Wilson Center and program faculty.