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Health Career Exploration Courses

AHS 1101: Orientation to Health Careers (in person) andAHS 1102: Orientation to Health Careers (online)

This web-based course is ideal for anyone who thinks that a health career might be a good fit for them, but they are not exactly sure which health program and profession would be best.  It will offer students an opportunity to further explore the health career that they are interested in, but will also give them a unique opportunity to learn about the other health professions they will be working with once they are in the field. If a student is highly committed to a certain health career, this course allows them to focus their exploration assignments (informational interview, etc) on that particular career! This course provides your students an opportunity to take the Strong Interest Inventory, conduct an informational interview, learn about the vast array of health professionals who they will be working with in the future, and give them some ideas about a ‘Plan B’ option should their first choice not work out. They will learn gain an understanding of the different health professional roles and how the various members of an interprofessional team work together.  (1 credit)
1101 is in person (meets Mondays, 3:35 – 4:35pm), 1102 is fully online


AHS 1600: The Future Physician: Medicine in the 21st Century

The first in a series of three courses for Future Physicians. This course takes a big picture look at the field of medicine and all the issues that future physicians will face from ethics to politics. The course is useful for any pre-health students and while we encourage freshman to begin the series early, this class has been useful for upper-class students preparing for their medical school interviews. (1 credit)
Meets Wednesdays, 3:35 – 4:35pm
Check out this short video highlighting the entire Future Physician course series:


AHS 1602: The Future Physician: Experiences in Medicine

This is the third course in the Future Physician series. This course is for students to get hands-on volunteer experience in a healthcare setting. Students choose their own experience, and accompany that experience with an on-line course designed to both help students reflect on their experience, and complete a medical school plan. (2 credits)
1602 is an online course. Prerequisites: AHS 1600/1601, instructor approval. Contact Tricia Todd for a permission number at


AHS 2300: Orientation to Clinical Research

This course is a unique, small seminar course exposing students to the world of clinical research and trials at the University of Minnesota and beyond. Course topics include ethics for researchers, professionalism, and research methods. Class meets eight times during the semester. Students also complete a 15-hour supervised field placement at a clinical research center and develop a University Research Opportunities Program (UROP) proposal in consultation with a faculty mentor. Students must submit an application by April 14th.  See attached flyer for more information.

(1 credit)
Meets Wednesdays, 10:10am-12:05pm

AHS 2400: Writing a Personal Statement Writing a personal statement can be challenging. Learn to express yourself the “write” way!AHS 2400 is open to any student who getting ready to apply to any health professional program. Whether they are applying to nursing, pharmacy, dentistry, medicine, physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician assistant, etc. this course can help them explore their motivations and learn to articulate their story when it comes time to apply to their program. This course is best suited for students within one year of application. (1 credit, S/N only)
2400 has two sections, Tuesdays (2:30-3:20pm) and Thursdays (10:10-11:00am).  Students can request a permission number here: