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Oklahoma State University

Human Nutrition/Pre-Medical Sciences

What You Will Learn

This degree program is for individuals desiring depth of study in the physiological and biochemical sciences in preparation for medical and other professional schools, graduate school, and research in human nutrition. Coursework includes the prerequisites for admission to most medical and dental schools. The program requires a pre-professional experience of job shadowing a skilled medical professional.

Career Opportunities

This degree program prepares individuals for admission to medical or dental school and future careers as physicians and dentists. Future careers as a medical professional would include primary care physician, pediatrician, sports medicine physician, surgeon, general practice dentist, orthodontist, and oral surgeon.

The OSU Distinction

We participate as a partner with the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine in the Guaranteed Interview Program. Individuals who have met the requisite criteria will be guaranteed an invitation to interview with the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine’s admissions committee.

Health professionals with a nutrition background are better able to educate patients about preventative wellness, disease development, and holistic treatment.

Opportunities to conduct laboratory and community research under the guidance of highly qualified faculty are available.


The Nutritional Sciences Club is a departmental club which assists students in getting a start in their profession. Club members develop professional and social competencies, establish networks, and provide services to the department, campus, and community.

The program requires a pre-professional experience of job shadowing a skilled medical professional.


  • Dr. Desra Clark, Family Physician at St. Petersburg General Hospital (St. Petersburg, FL)
  • Dr. Stephanie Cyr, Family Medicine Resident at St. John Clinic (Tulsa, OK)
  • Dr. Adam Greer, Family Medicine Resident at St. John Clinic (Tulsa, OK)
  • Dr. Shanay Herring, Family Practice Physician at Stillwater Medical (Stillwater, OK); watch Shanay's video
  • Dr. Sara Oldham, Family Practice Physician (Enid, OK)
  • Dr. Jeremy Ransdell, Family Medicine Resident at St. John Clinic (Tulsa, OK)
  • Dr. Ashton Shelton, Chiropractor at Reese Chiropractic (Stillwater, OK)


Students have the opportunity to learn and develop skills and approaches used in life science laboratories. The department has over 5,000 square feet of space devoted to laboratories that investigate the molecular mechansisms through which nutrients improve health and reduce disease risk in both humans and in animal models of human disease.  Labs are available for biochemical and molecular techniques, tissue culture, trace element analysis, bone and hard tissue studies, anthropometric and clinical assessment, and nutrition and exercise physiology.


While there are no national rankings available for this degree program, among individuals seeking admission to medical school (MD, DO, and dental), 100% were admitted on their initial round of applications.