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

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. 

Note that fall and spring classes are rostered in the evenings and summer courses are rostered in the morning, afternoon, and evening. 

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

Linkages provide the opportunity to accelerate your entrance into medical school.

Looking for financial assistance?

Learn about the options at Penn.

Advising, workshops, and much more

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