Health Professions

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Study the Science of Animal and Human Health

Are you interested in improving and protecting the health of your community? Do you want to pursue a career in public health with a focus on providing high-quality nutrition or ensuring the safety of the food we eat? Or, are you more interested in exploring the relationship between animals and humans, developing life-saving treatments, or improving nutrition to prevent disease?

Do your long-term plans include continuing on to an accredited veterinary or medical school? If so, one of our health professions majors in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences may be right for you. 

Paths to Public Health Careers

Family Studies & Human Development

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Improve the quality of life for individuals and families with a degree in family studies and human development. You'll gain insight into human behavior and learn how to build stronger, healthier relationships among families and across communities.

Food Safety

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Ensure that a high quality and reliable food supply is available to nourish the world's population. You'll learn how to safely produce, package, and distribute food products ranging from produce and poultry to chocolates and baby food.

Nutrition & Food Systems

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Make sure that the food we eat is nutritious, affordable, and sustainably grown. You'll gain the knowledge and expertise in food-related policy that you'll need to advocate for sustainable production of nutritious food to feed the world.

Paths to Veterinary or Medical School

Animal Sciences

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Transform your interest in animals into a rewarding career by exploring how animals, science, and business can work together to further industry, education, and environmental and human health. You may choose to specialize in industry-business, equine, race track, or science/pre-professional studies.

Microbiology

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Find new ways to prevent and treat disease and turn these discoveries into life-saving innovations. You may choose to specialize in food safety and consumer health, plant pathology and microbiology, environmental microbiology, microbial genomics and biotechnology, or medical microbiology.

Nutritional Sciences

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Prevent disease and advance healthy living through better nutrition. You may choose to focus on dietetics with the goal of becoming a registered dietitian nutritionist or nutrition and dietetic technician, or nutrition with the goal of pursuing graduate studies such as medical, nursing, or pharmacy school. 

Veterinary Science

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Explore and protect animal health and strengthen the bond between humans and animals. You'll pair a solid foundation in modern and advanced biology with an applied focus on the health and welfare of animals.

Questions? Contact Us

We're happy to answer any questions you have about the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences or the admissions process. Please contact one of our recruiters for more information: