Engineering students interested in a health related career may pursue any of the 14 majors offered by the College of Engineering. While some majors have more overlap with coursework required for pre-health, it is important for every student to select the engineering major best suited for his/her interests and strengths.
Pre-Health Advising Through Engineering Advising:
Students interested in pre-health are encouraged to prioritize the requirements of the Engineering Common Curriculum and their major affiliation during their first and second year. Engineering Advising can assist students with understanding how pre-health courses may or may not overlap with the various majors within the College of Engineering and how to best integrate the pre-health coursework within the Engineering curriculum.
Be sure to make an appointment with Engineering Advising in 180 Rhodes Hall to further discuss your options. You can also attend an information session.
Pre-Health Advising Through University Career Services/Health Careers:
Cornell's resource for all students interested in pre-health is the Health Careers website through University Career Services. University Career Services produces their own Guide for First- and Second-Year Pre-Med Students (pdf) each year to assist students at various stages of preparing for and applying to pre-health programs. These guides contain information ranging from medical school course requirements to recommendations for assessing your readiness to apply and guidelines for the medical school application process. The course requirements information in the guide is geared towards first and second year students and is based on two criteria: fulfilling prerequisite coursework for most health career professions/programs and providing optimal coverage for standardized professional admissions exams (i.e., MCAT).
The university health career advisor (103 Barnes Hall) assists students with understanding the factors often used in the admissions process, how to approach their undergraduate career to best prepare for a health related program and how assess preparation for and navigation of the examination and application processes.
Society of Engineers in Medicine (eMed):
Finally, eMed, which was founded in 2010 at Cornell University by a group of engineers to address the demands of a growing premedical student population in engineering is a valuable resource. eMed aims to provide the resources and connections necessary to shape successful premedical engineering students and better prepare them for the challenges that lie ahead in the path to a medical profession.