While there is no required major for entrance in to a health professions school, there are many skills, abilities, and values you can develop during your undergraduate years to help you succeed. Among them are:

  • Mastery of basic scientific principles
  • Demonstration of a broad exposure to the humanities and social sciences
  • Mastery of life-long learning skills
  • An understanding of the physician-patient relationship
  • Demonstration of desired personal traits such as maturity, integrity, compassion, empathy, and leadership
  • Establishment of relationships with faculty members
  • Demonstration of caring for fellow human beings
  • Demonstration of an understanding of the health care profession of choice
  • Demonstration of a commitment to public service


In addition to the courses you must pursue to complete degree and university requirements, premedical students at Johns Hopkins are advised to take the courses necessary in preparation for the 2015 MCAT as well as work to fulfill the admission requirements of the majority of medical/dental schools in the U.S. It is, however, simply not possible for you to cover every pre-medical requirement for U.S. medical schools. We recommend that Johns Hopkins students pursue the following coursework (or the equivalent of):

  • 2 courses in general (inorganic) chemistry with associated labs
  • 2 courses in organic chemistry with associated lab (a separate course at JHU, a 3 credit Organic Chemistry lab)
  • 2 courses in biology with associated labs
  • 1 course in biochemistry (no associated lab necessary if not required for major)
  • 2 courses in general physics with associated labs (Calculus I and II are co-requisites for General Physics I & II at JHU)
  • 2 courses in mathematics (one of the courses should be an introductory-level course in statistics)
  • 2 courses that emphasize English and/or writing

Note: A course in psychology, sociology and any one of the areas of ethics,philosophy, cross-cultural studies, and population health are recommended, regardless of the discipline. Not only will the pursuit of such academic areas impact performance on the MCAT, but will also provide a broad and relevant foundation for medical school.

To explore in more detail, go to PDF Document: Guide One: Pre-Med and Pre-Health Planning at JHU.