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College of Liberal Arts
University of Mississippi

Allied Health Studies

What does it mean to major in Allied Health Studies?

The Bachelor of Arts in allied health studies is designed to help students who are pursuing a career in various allied health professional fields, which are the professionals involved with the delivery of health or related services pertaining to the identification, evaluation, and prevention of diseases and disorders as well as health systems management. These programs typically have an accelerated track whereby students complete prerequisite courses for a few years then apply to the professional school. At UM, these include dental hygiene, health informatics and information managment, histotechnology, nursing, medical lab sciences, medical technology, and radiological sciences.

This interdisciplinary degree program allows students to combine different courses from various majors to help prepare them for their professional school of choice. 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 degree sheet provides the specific requirements and a sample 4-year curriculum plan.


Minor in Allied Health Studies?

There is not a minor in Allied Health Studies given the nature of the program for the students pursuing admission to an allied health professional school.

Why is UM a good place to major in Allied Health Studies?

There is no better place to pursue health professions than at the University of Mississippi. Students in this major are advised in the Health Professions Advising Office, which is home to the only full-service health advising office in the state. This office was recently named by Science Times as one of the top 7 (ranked #3) health advising office of its kind in the nation!  Students will meet with their advisors and get a plan specifically tailored to their goals. The allied health studies degree is extremely flexible. It gives you the opportunity to tailor the degree to your health profession.


What can Allied Health Studies majors do after graduation?

The allied health degree was designed specifically for certain health career fields. It allows our students the flexibility to obtain prerequisites for the vast amount of health professions programs in the country, while also working toward a four year degree. Students will gain a liberal arts foundation, while also having the ability to mix and match classes based on their health professions area(s) of interest. Students can additionally expand upon the knowledge most pertinent to their chosen health profession career and interest areas by choosing relevant upper-level courses accordingly. Pre-nursing students pursuing the accelerated nursing (4+1) track may especially find the allied health studies degree to be a great option.

Anna Cat Bouthillier (BA Allied Health Studies ’20), Home Town: Duxbury, MA

“I chose Allied Health Studies because of the endless possibilities that can stem from this major. It allows me to pursue nursing while learning about the healthcare field along the way.” —Anna Cat Bouthillier (BA Allied Health Studies ’20), Home Town: Duxbury, MA

For more information

Dr. Sovent Taylor, Director of Health Professions Advising Office
Martindale Suite Q, 3rd Floor
University, MS 38677
662.915.1674 |