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Health Professions Fair connects students with professional schools and careers in healthcare

At the annual Health Professions Fair, students can connect with professional schools and programs with specializations in the healthcare industry. The Fair is a wonderful opportunity to learn about graduate education and careers in health care. Admissions representatives from more than 60 health professions schools in Oregon and across the country will be on campus to answer your questions. The Health Professions Fair will take place on April 19, 2022 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Memorial Union Ballroom.

These schools represent health professions programs in medicine, osteopathy, dentistry, pharmacy, chiropractic medicine, nursing, physical therapy, public health, health management and administration, medical physics, biomedical sciences and several others. More than 500 students attend the Health Professions Fair each year.

Students are welcome to stop by anytime during the health fair, which is free and open to all majors. Volunteers will be available to hand out a list of participating schools and a map of their table locations. Students can visit a school’s table and pick up information materials and speak with admission representatives.

Something for everyone

The health fair is open to all undergraduates and alumni.

First and second year students can explore health profession options, build networks and get tips from admission representatives on undergraduate preparation and co-curricular activities.

Juniors, seniors and alumni will have an opportunity:

  • to learn about specific programs from admissions representatives of various universities
  • collect application materials and obtain financial aid information,
  • get tips on writing a personal statement, the application process, and letters of reference.

Preparing for the fair

Students can interact with representatives of graduate health programs from schools such as Oregon Health and Science University, Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine, University of Utah College of Pharmacy, Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California, Keck Graduate Institute of Claremont, California and many more. See a list of participating schools.

Students are encouraged to prioritize their list of schools to make effective use of their time at the fair. They can brainstorm questions they might ask admissions representatives. Here are a few ideas to get started:

  • What is unique about program X at your university?
  • What types of courses would I take in program X?
  • What experiential components does program X offer (internships, rotations, etc.)?
  • What does your admissions committee look for in an applicant?
  • I read about XYZ on your website. Can you tell me more about that?

According to U.S. News and other surveys, healthcare is one of the fastest growing industries. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that employment growth in this sector will be much quicker than the average for all jobs by 2026.