Health Professions Advising Office (HPAO)

University of Mississippi

Health Professions

What are health professions?

The Explore Health Careers website provides information on a range of health professions:  http://explorehealthcareers.org.

Public Health Online launched in 2013 to provide public health resources to those considering a career in public health or currently employed in the industry: http://www.publichealthonline.org.

Two major “tracks” for entering Health Professions:

  • 2+ & 3+ programs = You spend 2 or 3 years (depending on the program you choose) on the Oxford campus before moving to another campus to complete your degree work.  But, you may enter any 2+ or 3+ program with a four-year degree.

Professional 2+ & 3+ Programs include: Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Dental Hygiene, Cytotechnology, Radiologic Science , Medical Laboratory Science, Health Informatics and Information Management, and Medical Technology.

Check out this great resource for learning about nursing specialties: http://www.discovernursing.com/explore-specialties#no-filters.

  • B.A. or B.S. degree, followed by professional school

Professional Programs include Medicine, Dentistry, Physical Therapy, Optometry, Veterinary Medicine, and Physician Assistant.

Some advanced health professional degrees are awarded on the University of Mississippi Oxford campus, such as Nutrition, Communicative Disorders, Exercise Science, Clinical Psychology, Pharmacy, and Social Work.