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Careers in medicine and health

As a Waterloo grad, you'll be well prepared to pursue your dream health-care profession. With Waterloo's 100+ programs, our School of Optometry and Vision Science, and our 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 North America's largest co-op program.

Receive outstanding support

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 which 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.

Questions about Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedical Sciences, Honours Science, Life Physics, or Psychology

Email or call 519-888-4567, ext. 36243

Questions about Health Studies, Kinesiology, or Therapeutic Recreation?

Email or call 519-888-4567, ext. 36220


4. Study what you love

Choose one of Waterloo's health-related programs and 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.

Download or request our Pathways to Health Professions brochure to learn more about preparing for careers in health.