Information Sessions

Tuesday, January 23, 2018  

5:00 – 6:00pm @ WAG 214

Wednesday, March 7th, 2018      

5:00 – 6:00pm @ WAG 101





The Pre-Health Professions Certificate provides an opportunity for College of Natural Sciences (CNS) majors to augment their science experience with complementary health-related courses while earning a transcripted certificate. 

Click here to download the complete certificate checklist for science majors.

There is no application process for CNS majors to begin the certificate. Upon completion of the certificate requirements, CNS majors will simply apply to have the Pre-Health Professions Certificate transcripted (graduating this semester? See application link at the bottom of this page). 

BSA Students: Please note that coursework undertaken for certificates may overlap with the Core curriculum, writing flags, the quantitative reasoning flag, and Honors coursework. No more than 3 hours MAXIMUM of major coursework may overlap with a transcript-recognized certificate. Overlap is PROHIBITED with the Language, Arts, and Culture requirements. 

The Certificate for CNS majors is 18 hours comprised of several health-related themes and supplemental science courses. Students must complete a minimum of 9 hours (and may complete a maximum of 18 hours) of theme courses. For students completing fewer than 18 hours of theme courses please see the supplemental science courses at the bottom of this page. The themes are mix-and-match, you do not need to focus in one theme, though if you are able to secure enough courses to specialize in one theme you are welcome to do so. All coursework must be completed with a C- or better and at least 9 hours of the coursework must be completed in residence at UT Austin.

Please Note: These policies and procedures are for students seeking their degree under the 2014-2016 catalog ONLY. If you are pursuing your degree under a different catalog please refer to the link on the left for your specific policies and procedures. If you are unsure of what catalog you are under, please refer to our FAQ's.

* Indicates courses that do not appear in the 14-16 catalog, but have been approved to count toward the Pre-Health Professions Certificate.


Cultural Awareness


ANT 322M – Topic 5: Indians of Mexico & Guatemala (No longer being offered)

ANT 322M – Topic 12: Mexican Immigration Cultural History*

ANT 322M - Topic 10: Mexican American Indigenous Heritage (MAS 374, LAS 324)*

Asian American Studies

AAS 301 – Introduction to Asian American Studies

AAS 310 – Topic 1: Psychological Perspectives on Asian American Identity

African and African Diaspora Studies

AFR 301 – African American Culture (offered Fall)

AFR 374D - Topic 11: Psychology of the African American Experience (EDP 362-9)*

Communication Science & Disorders

CSD 308K - Perspectives of Deafness*


HIS 365G - Topic 10: 20th Century US Lesbian/Gay History (AMS 370, WGS 335)*

HIS 340T - Taiwan: Colonization, Migration, Identity (AAS 325)*

Mexican American Studies

MAS 307 – Introduction to Mexican American Cultural Studies

MAS 319 - Mexican Immigration Cultural History (LAS 310, ANT 310L)

Middle Eastern Studies

MES 301L - Introduction to the Middle East: Adjustment and Change in Modern Times (offered Spring and Summer Session II)

Health and Anatomy


      ANT 348K - Sex & Human Nature*

Art History:

      ARH 339R - Art, Art History, Medicine

Classical Civilization

CC 306M – Introduction to Medical and Scientific Terminology

Educational Psychology

EDP 363 – Topic 3 or EDP 350L: Human Sexuality or HED 366 – Human Sexuality


GRG 356T – Topic 9: Human Health & Environment (URB 350-2)*

Heath Education - these courses are typically restricted to HED majors. If you are able to add the course, you may take it. If you are restricted from the course you may attend on the first day of class to seek professor approval to add the course:  

HED 335 – Theories of Substance Use and Abuse

HED 343 – Foundations of Epidemiology

HED 352K – Any topic offered

HED 370K – Any topic offered

HED 373 – Evaluation and Research Design

      HED 378D Topic 1 - Healthy Horns*

      HED 378D Topic 2 - Mental Health Promotion*

      HED 378D Topic 3 - Clinic Volunteer Program*

Kinesiology - these courses are typically restricted to KIN majors. If you are able to add the course, you may take it. If you are restricted from the course you may attend on the first day of class to seek professor approval to add the course

KIN 320­ – Applied Biomechanics of Human Movement

KIN 324K – Applied Human Anatomy

KIN 325K – Physiology of Exercise

KIN 326K – Kinesiology: Biomechanical Analysis of Movement


SOC 307K - Fertility & Reproduction (WGS 301-20)*

SOC 304 - Society, Health & Happiness*


PSY 301 – Introduction to Psychology  or  SS 301 - Psychology*

PSY 306 – Human Sexuality*

PSY 308 – Biopsychology

PSY 332C – Hormones and Behavior

PSY 341K – Topic 4: Health Psychology

PSY 346K – Psychology of Sex

PSY 353K – Psychopharmacology

Healthcare Policy


         ANT 324L - Biomedicine, Ethics & Culture (RS 373M, ANS 361)*

Communication Studies

         CMS 322E – Communication Ethics

         CMS 355K - Intercultural Communication*

         CMS 330 - Interpersonal Health Communication*


         ECO 330T - Topic 1: Health Economics*


         GRG 357 – Medical Geography


          GOV 370L - Topic 23: Politics of Health Care*

Health & Society:

          H S 330 - Health Care Policy in the U.S.*  


         HIS 350R – Topic 18: Women in Sickness and Health

Management - Course is restricted during initial regisration period. Restrictions are lifted for second registration access period and add/drops.

         MAN 337 or 334M - Healthcare System Management*


         PHR 338 - Introduction to Pharmacology*


         PHL 325M – Medicine, Ethics, and Society

Public Health:

         PBH 317 – Introduction to Public Health

         PBH 358D - Health Policy & Health Systems*

         PBH 368D - Social Context of Public Health*


         N 309 – Global Health

         N 321 – Ethics of Health Care


         SOC 307M – Global Inequalities and Health

         SOC 307P – Introduction to Sociology of Health & Wellbeing*

         SOC 319 – Introduction to Social Demography

         SOC 321G – Global Health Issues & Systems*

         SOC 336D – Race, Class, and Health

         SOC 354K – Sociology of Health and Illness

         SOC 358D – Health Policy and Health Systems (No longer offered)

         SOC 368D – Social Context of Public Health

         SOC 369K – Population and Society

Urban Studies

         URB 350 – Topic 2: Human Health and the Environment


Human and Societal Development

Communication Science & Disorders

   CSD 306K - Introduction to Communication Disorders*

Communication Studies

         CMS 310K – Team-Based Communication

         CMS 322E – Communication Ethics

Educational Psychology

         EDP 369K – Topic 10: Educational Neuroscience

         EDP 363M – Topic 6: Introduction: Life Span Development*

Health Education:

         HED 329K - Child, Adolescent & Adult Health*


         HIS 366N – Global History of Disease (AFR 372D)*

Human Development & Family Sciences:

         HDF 304 – Family Relationships

         HDF 313 – Child Development

         HDF 335 – Adult Development

         HDF 342 – Development of Psychopathology from Infancy through Adolescence

         HDF 343 - Human Development in Minority & Immigrant Families*

         HDF 351 – Infant Development and Attachment Relationships

         HDF 378K – Topic: Biobehavioral Health Processes Across the Family (No longer offered)


         N 310 – Communication in Health Care Settings


         PSY 301 – Introduction to Psychology

         PSY 308 – Biopsychology

         PSY 332C – Hormones and Behavior

         PSY 333D – Introduction to Developmental Psychology*

         PSY 341K – Topic 4: Health Psychology

         PSY 346K – Psychology of Sex

Public Health

         PBH 334 – Global Health*

Social Work

         SW 360K - Topic 9: Loss & Grief: Individual and Family Perspectives*


         SOC 302 – Introduction to the Study of Society

         SOC 308 – Social Determinants of Health (This topic only)*

         SOC 308S – Health & Society (H S 301)*

         SOC 321K Mental Health in Social Context (This topic only)*

         SOC 330C – Death and Dying: Sociological Perspectives (Rarely offered)

         SOC 333K – Sociology of Gender*


African and African Diaspora Studies

         AFR 372D – Exploring Food & Urban Change: Theory & Praxis (ADV 378, WGS 340)*

Communication Studies

         CMS 322E – Communication Ethics


   GRG 344K – Global Food, Farming & Hunger (LAS 330)*


   GOV 370L – Topic 21: Politics of Food in America (Offered every 3rd term. Offered Fall 2016)*


         HIS 350R – Topic 5: American Cultural History of Alcohol and Drugs


         NTR 306 - Fundamentals of Nutrition*

         NTR 312 – Introduction to Nutritional Sciences

         NTR 315 - Nutrition through the Life Cycle*

         NTR 218 – Assessment of Nutritional Status

         NTR 321 - International Nutrition: The Developing World*

         NTR 326 – Cellular and Molecular Nutrition

         NTR 331 – International Nutrition: Social and Environmental Policies

         NTR 332 - Community Nutrition*


         SOC 321K - Food & Society (This topic only)*




No more than 9 hours from the following supplemental science courses may be applied toward the Certificate, if needed for completion: 


  • Biochemistry and Chemistry: CH 220C, 320M, 320N, BCH 369
  • Biology: BIO 311C, 311D, 206L, 320*, 325*, 344*, 349*, 359K*, 365S*, 370*, 446L*
  • Physics: PHY 302K + 102M, 302L + 102N; 317K + 117M, 317L + 117N; 301 + 101L, 316 + 116L; 303K + 103M, 303L + 103N
  • Statistics (only one of the following courses may be counted): M 316, SDS (formerly SSC) 302, 304, 306, 328M