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The Schools of Nursing and Pharmacy operate on both the Oxford and Jackson campuses. The Schools of Dentistry, Health Related Professionals and Medicine, and the Health Sciences Graduate School, are based in Jackson only. (Additional healthcare programs are available through the School of Applied Sciences on the Oxford campus.) Other than these exceptions, the schools above are on the Oxford campus.

B.A. in Allied Health Studies

Prepare for your allied health professional school.

This interdisciplinary degree prepares students pursuing a career in various allied health professional fields such as nursing, dental hygiene, health informatics and information management, histotechnology, medical lab sciences, medical technology, and radiological sciences.

Key Benefits

The Allied Health Degree allows you the flexibility to obtain prerequisites for the vast amount of allied health professions programs in the country, while also working toward a four year degree. Gain a liberal arts foundation while also having the ability to mix and match classes based on your health professions area of interest.

Graduate Outcomes

The degree provides specific courses targetted for admission to every allied health profession. The Liberal Arts core curriculum allows students to be exposed to a broad learning in multiple disciplines which empowers them to deal with complexity, diversity, and change in the greater world.

The multidisciplinary major in allied health studies requires the following courses as shown in the lists below.   

Required Courses:


  • Bisc 210: Microbiology or any Bisc at the 300 level or higher (except for Bisc 492)
  • ES 396: Allied Health Terminology or Clc 201: Medical Terminology
  • NHM 311: Nutrition
  • Spch 102 or 105: Speech
  • One advanced communications course chosen from spch 305, Writ 300, 310, 320, 380, 399, 410   

    Choose at least five from the following courses:

  • Anth 349: Medical Anthropology
  • IMC/Jour 585: Health Communications
  • NHM 325: Family Relations
  • NHM 328: Child Development
  • Phil 321: Ethics
  • Phil/Rel 328: Biomedical Ethics
  • Soc 301 or G St 303: The Family
  • Soc 310: Sociology of Disability
  • Soc 311: Social Problems
  • Soc 333: Sociology of Delinquency
  • Soc 345: Population Trends and Problems
  • Soc 353: Community Development
  • Soc 370/Hon 315: Population Health
  • Soc 413/AAS 413: Race and Ethnicity
  • Soc 427: Social Stratification
  • SW 326: Gerontology
  • Any 300 level or above Bisc course
  • Any 300 level or above Psy course
  • Any 300 level or above ES course   

    Additional Requirements:


  • Psy 201: General Psychology
  • Psy 301: Developmental Psychology or 311: Abnormal Psychology or NHM 323: Human Growth and Development

Admission requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Allied Health Studies are the same as the UM undergraduate admission requirements. Students will have a competitive application to the allied health school of their choice.

Student Organizations

Alpha Epsilon Delta (AED) is an honor society for all students interested in a health profession.