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Careers in medicine and health

Waterloo grads are working in all areas of health care

As a Waterloo grad, you'll be well prepared to pursue your dream health-care profession. With our outstanding undergraduate programs, Canada's only English-language School of Optometry, and Canada's only co-op Pharmacy program, Waterloo can help you get there.

Why study health at Waterloo?

  • Learn by doing: More than 120 courses include labs – and you'll learn even more through the world’s largest co-op program.
  • Receive outstanding support: Career and program advisors can help you plan the steps towards your dream career. Meet like-minded students through clubs such as pre-med, pre-optometry, or pre-pharmacy.
  • Customize your path: Choose from 9 programs in 2 faculties – plus many more specializations, minors, and options. After 2 or 3 years of university, you can apply to one of our professional programs: Pharmacy and Optometry.
  • Participate in research: Work with professors and researchers to help launch new discoveries. Or bring your own ideas to life: create your own health or life sciences startup through Velocity Science or GreenHouse.

4 steps to a career in health

1. Research the requirements

Research the health profession school of choice to learn about the admission requirements. Ensure the undergraduate programs that you’re considering will allow you to meet those requirements. Here are some resources.

2. Consider the possibilities

Once you find out what undergraduate programs will allow you to meet the requirements, narrow the choices to the subjects that interest you most. Consider the following Waterloo programs — popular choices for students interested in health professions.

3. Learn how long it will take to meet the requirements

Some programs will help you meet the requirements for your health profession program faster than others. You may need to use your electives to obtain the required courses. Contact us to learn more about Waterloo programs.

For questions about Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedical Sciences, Honours Science, Life Physics, or Psychology:

Jenn Czekus
Recruitment Coordinator
Faculty of Science
519-888-4567, ext. 36243

For questions about Health Studies, Kinesiology, or Therapeutic Recreation:

Pamela Hurvid
Undergraduate Recruitment Coordinator
Faculty of Applied Health Sciences
519-888-4567, ext. 36220

4. Study what you love

Choose a program that lets you study your passion! Over time, you’ll refine your interests and learn about the many career options available in health-related fields – some may be brand new to you. Maximize your future possibilities by considering all the career paths available to graduates of your program.

Learn more: View or order our Pathways to Health Professions brochure.