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Prehealth Advising

How to find a pre-health advisor at Ohio State

It is crucial that you contact a pre-health advisor as early as possible after you decide to pursue a health career, as admission to schools is very competitive, requiring much preparation and careful academic and skills assessment. Choosing the appropriate pre-health advisor at OSU usually depends on your choice of major. For students who are pre-med, pre-dentistry, pre-optometry, pre-pharmacy (Pharm.D.), pre-veterinary medicine, pre-physical therapy, or pre-occupational therapy, please note that these are officially-recognized areas of interest at Ohio State but are not majors (as at most universities). At this point, we suggest that you read the section on this site regarding the "right major" for prehealth.

Pre-health Advisor Directory

Visit the searchable campus map to find locations and directions.

Please note: If your department is not listed below, you are invited to meet with an advisor in the Arts and Sciences Advising Office in 100 Denney Hall.  Please call 614-292-6961 to schedule an appointment.

Arts and Sciences

100 Denney Hall, 164 Annie & John Glenn Avenue, 614-292-6961

  • For students interested in any Arts and Sciences major.
  • Arts and Sciences pre-health advisors are also available to work with current and prospective students from any academic unit.
  • We also assist continuing education students interested in completing pre-health prerequisites.
  • Our advising program includes information on admissions requirements, assessment of one’s chances of admission, help with personal goal statements, and assistance with interviewing skills and techniques.

To schedule an advising appointment please call 614-292-6961.

Contact Brenda Dinan, Assistant Director with questions.


Arts and Sciences Honors Program

100 Denney Hall, 164 Annie & John Glenn Avenue, 614-292-5104



Biomedical Science

1080 Graves Hall, 333 W. 10th Ave., 614-247-8060

Students are only admitted to the Biomedical Science major as incoming freshmen. To learn about the major and the competitive admission process, please visit the Biomedical Science website.

Contact: Steven Mousetes, Program Manager


College of Dentistry

0114 Postle Hall, 305 W. 12th Ave., 614-292-3361


College of Education and Human Ecology, Department of Human Sciences, Human Nutrition Program

A100 PAES Building, 305 W 17th Avenue, 614-292-9261

The Human Nutrition Program offers three programs that cover the breadth of nutrition science:

  • Nutrition (Requirements meet prerequisites for health professional schools)
  • Dietetics
  • Nutrition in Industry

Contact: EHE Undergraduate Advising, A100 PAES Building, 614-292-9261


University Exploration

352 Denney Hall, 164 W. 17th Avenue, 614-292-0646

University Exploration advisors work with undecided and re-deciding students at The Ohio State University.

Contact: 614-292-0646


Fisher College of Business

120 Schoenbaum Hall, 210 W. Woodruff Ave., 614-292-2715

All business students with an interest in pursuing a health profession should contact Erin Holcomb for pre-health advising.

Contact: Erin Holcomb.194@osu.edu


Food, Agriculture, and Environmental Science (FAES)

100 Agricultural Administration Building, 2120 Fyffe Rd., 614-292-6891

Some FAES majors have a direct relation to preparing students for health professional programs and have a strong applied science curriculum (biology, chemistry, and physics all required). These include (but are not limited to):

  • Animal Sciences (B.S. in Nutrition or B.S. in Agriculture)
  • Food Science & Nutrition (B.S. in Food Science or B.S. in Nutrition)
  • Food, Agricultural, and Biological Engineering
  • Plant Health Management (plant pathology – great background in pathogenic infection, including viruses, bacteria, and fungi)
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Some pre-veterinary science students major in Agribusiness & Applied Economics (to develop their business skills) along with the Life Sciences minor (to accommodate for the required pre-professional science courses).

Contact: Paul A. Heimberger, Academic Counselor


Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

Atwell Hall, 453 W. 10th Avenue, 614-292-1706

The School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences offers seven undergraduate degree programs, as well as physical and occupational therapy graduate programs. The School prepares students to become health and rehabilitation professionals.  The advisors in the School’s Student Services Office assist students with selecting the program they wish to pursue, as well as preparing them for the undergraduate and graduate application process.  


Contact: Before non-SHRS students can make an appointment with a SHRS advisor, we ask that they attend one of our Major Information Sessions (MIS) by registering here.  


College of Pharmacy

150 Parks Hall 500 West 12th Avenue, 614-292-3813

The Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences (BSPS) program is a 4-year non-licensure degree program that delivers unsurpassed preparation for careers in a variety of biomedical professions. The BSPS program offers two pathways depending on students’ post-graduation goals: Healthcare Professions and Drug Discovery & Development.

  • The Healthcare Professions Pathway incorporates the prerequisite coursework needed for professional programs like dentistry, medicine, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, and other disciplines in health sciences, while also linking higher-level concepts to clinical practice and patient care.
  • The Drug Discovery and Development Pathway is designed for students intending to pursue research-based graduate programs or careers in the pharmaceutical industry (i.e. Master of Pharmaceutical Sciences program or PhD).

Contact: COP-BSPSInfo@osu.edu 


College of Public Health

100 Cunz Hall, 1841 Neil Avenue, 614-292-8350

The College of Public Health offers several graduate degree programs, a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health, an Epidemiology minor, and a Global Public Health minor. These programs prepare students to become the next generation of public health practitioners, health care managers and scholars.

Contact: cph@osu.edu or 614-292-8350


Scholars Program (Health Sciences Scholars)