The Health Professions Advising Program (HPAP) serves undergraduates and alumni of Yale College, students in the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, and Postdoctoral Associates who are interested in pursuing advanced study in the health professions. We encourage you to meet with an advisor to guide you in making conscious and thoughtful decisions about your goals.

Yale Alumni Health Professional School Enrollment

See where recent Yale College graduates have enrolled in health professions programs in the US and applicant statistics.

Pre-Health Studies Overview

The majority of health professions programs practice holistic review of applications. Several factors contribute to success in their program. The Association of American Medical Colleges outlines the Anatomy of an Applicant and Core Competencies relevant to healthcare professions. Pre-health students major in any discipline without adversely affecting their admission into a health professions school. Completion of prerequisite courses are required prior to matriculation and for admissions exams. Each program has its own set of pre-requisite requirements, and school websites have the most current information.

🔔 Advanced Placement courses and/or Acceleration Credits often do not satisfy premedical requirements for admission to medical or other health professions schools. In some cases they may be used to elect advanced courses in those disciplines. Speak with a health professions advisor about how these credits pertain to your own individual plan.

To complement challenging coursework, look for opportunities to develop a range of competencies. Consider volunteering in a direct patient contact setting, shadowing practitioners in their chosen profession, and research. Involvement in community service, extracurricular activities or work experiences, both related and unrelated to medicine, will help broaden an applicant’s knowledge and development.

Post-Baccalaureate Programs

Students who choose not to complete their science pre-requisite courses during their undergraduate years can complete the requirements in a Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Program before applying to a health professions school. Learn more about Post-Baccalaureate options and how to find a post-bacc program.

Financial Aid Resources for Health Professions Programs


Black Pre-Health Students at Yale


Are you a Black pre-health student interested in improving the Black experience regarding healthcare? Or looking for a community of like-minded pre-health Black peers? Join Black Pre-Health!
We are a student organization dedicated to inaugurating an empowering, educational, and preparatory …

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The UpLIFT Guide to Medical School Admissions

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The UpLIFT Project is a nonprofit organization started by students for students. They provide students of all backgrounds with mentorship and free access to validated, up-to-date information about successfully applying to medical school, particularly from a disadvantaged background.  Download the …

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ZdoggMD – Waiting On The World To Change

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Editor’s note: It’s been quite awhile since we’ve posted any videos from our favorite musician physician Zubin Damania, aka ZDoggMD, but when we saw this one yesterday we knew we had to share it. Great song, great message, and as …

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FGLI Pre-Health Community


Are you a pre-health first-generation and/or low-income student? If yes, join the FGLI Pre-Health Community! This year, they are offering an applicant mentorship program, a sophomore mentorship program, and various workshops. If you simply want to be part of this …

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Virtual Interviews in Health Professions


Amid pivoting to the remote environment, many students may be wondering how to best prepare for virtual interviews. The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) has developed Tips for Medical School Applicants. We hope the information helps you navigate through …

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