Pre-Health Specialized Studies, Post-Baccalaureate Preparatory Program

Penn’s Pre-Health Post-Baccalaureate Programs are designed for driven students who want to distinguish themselves as competitive medical, dental, or veterinary school candidates. The Specialized Studies program is specifically for students who aim to strengthen their existing scientific foundations. The minimum total course units for program completion is 8. Specialized Studies students take advanced undergraduate course in the biological sciences such as, Advanced Cell Biology, Essentials of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Essentials of Physiology, Pathophysiology, Histology, Immunobiology, Infectious Diseases, Neuroscience, and Human Anatomy. 

Specialized Studies students may opt to complete their program on a full-time or part-time basis, but all program requirements are expected to be completed within two years of matriculation. 


Specialized Studies students develop a study plan in consultation with their Academic Advisor that accounts for the student's past academic history and addresses future academic goals. Students may elect 1 cu of online Human Anatomy to fulfill their program requirements. Students may also incorporate Core Studies courses into their plan where recommended and appropriate.

Pre-Health Specialized Studies Course options include:

Select 8 CU from the following:8
Essentials of Cell Biology
Essentials of Molecular Biology and Genetics
Essentials of Vertebrate Physiology
Elements of Microbiology
Essentials of Biochemistry
Infectious Disease Biology
Essentials of Pathophysiology
Cancer Cell Biology
Advanced Cell Biology
Cell Communication and Disease
Developmental Biology
Introduction to Brain and Behavior
Autonomic Physiology
The Cognitive Neuroscience of Autism
Structural Adaptations to Function
Human Anatomy: Cardiovascular, Respiratory, Digestive, and Musculoskeletal Systems
Human Anatomy: Cardiovascular and Respiratory Systems
Human Anatomy: Digestive System
Human Anatomy: Musculoskeletal System
Human Anatomy: Endocrine and Reproductive Systems
Anatomy of the Head and Neck: Cranial Nerves and Their Distribution
Brain and Spinal Cord: Longitudinal Neural Pathways
Brain and Spinal Cord: Motor and Sensory Functional Systems
Autonomic Pharmacology
Total Course Units8

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2023 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.