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 come to Premed Drop-Ins which are held Wednesdays 2-3pm and Thursdays from 3-4pm. For issues that require a longer conversation, 30-minute appointments are available on Crimson Careers. 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 first-year 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 students premedical advising.

Additional questions?

Please reach out to us at If your question is complex, please come to drop-ins Wednesdays 2-3pm  or Thursday from 3-4pm for a 10-minute slot or schedule a 30-min advising appointment in Crimson Careers rather than emailing.