Medical & Health Careers

Career options in medicine are diverse: clinical practice, community health, medical administration, health policy, teaching, research, and more. While the majority of Harvard students and alumni pursuing careers in the health field focus on human medicine (allopathic medicine or osteopathic medicine), a number of others will instead pursue fields such as public and global health, dental medicine, veterinary medicine, nursing, optometry, pharmacy, occupational therapy, or physical therapy.

Your Next Steps

The path to becoming a medical professional is long and rigorous, and students must consider:

Advising and Events

To speak with an OCS premedical adviser, you can make a 10-minute appointment for Pre-Health Office Hours which are held Tuesday through Friday during term time. Office Hour slots can be reserved starting 9 pm on the evening prior to the appointment. For issues that require a longer appointment, 30-minute appointments are available on Crimson Careers. Please see our office hours and appointment guidelines to make an appointment. Premedical and health careers events include workshops on the medical school application process, medical school visits, graduate school visits, Pre-Health 101, the Gaining Traction in Pre-Health series for freshmen and sophomores, alumni panels, and more. Consult the premed/pre-health calendar (below) for the current schedules. Due to specific funding regulations arranged through Harvard College, OCS cannot offer HES candidates / alumni premedical advising.

Additional questions?

Please check the Premedical/Pre-Health email guidelines before emailing. If your question is complex, please sign up for a 10-minute appointment in Pre-Health Office Hours or schedule a 30-min advising appointment in Crimson Careers rather than emailing.