Primary Healthcare Advancement

School of Health Sciences

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Dr. Joseph Yavornitzky, Program Director
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Baldwin Wallace’s primary healthcare advancement program is an exclusive pre-med track for aspiring primary care physicians. It offers opportunities for early acceptance to medical school.

The program blends the coursework of BW’s public health major with a comprehensive foundation of medical science and healthcare.

Its distinctive approach is linked to the first-year curriculum of primary care-focused medical schools. Its innovative format makes it the first of its kind in Ohio.

Early assurance partnerships with Ohio University's Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine and The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine provide you with a pipeline for early acceptance to medical school.

Hands-on research opportunities, case studies and dynamic class projects give you the tools to build an impressive application for medical school.

You’ll work alongside professors and primary care physicians. You'll gain insights into the medical practices, wellness initiatives and disease prevention strategies used by professionals.

The program was developed in consultation with physicians, leading scholars and medical schools. It aligns with program requirements of DO and MD medical schools focused on primary care. Its rigor and comprehensive studies prepare you for the MCAT and admission to medical school.

It is an academically selective program.


The American Academy of Family Physicians predicts a shortfall of 40,000 family physicians across the U.S. by 2020. The shortage is expected to increase as the Affordable Healthcare Act brings uninsured patients into the system and reorients U.S. health care toward prevention and wellness.


An intensive and rewarding program, primary healthcare advancement includes coursework from BW’s public health major and healthcare science.

It provides a strong foundation in the sciences. You’ll supplement those studies with classes in biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health, health policy, and social and behavioral sciences.

A capstone field experience provides real-world application with a public health agency.


Course Descriptions

Course descriptions, requirements for the major and additional information can be found in the University Catalog.


Small class sizes, individual attention and faculty mentoring are at the core of the primary healthcare advancement program.

Personally and professionally rewarding, student organizations and activities foster career skills, leadership and teamwork. Opportunities include:


Delta Omega Chi, the Pre-Medical Society, sponsors medically related volunteer activities, guest speakers, tours to institutions with professional programs, and mentoring with pre-medical upperclassmen and the faculty advisor. This organization is ideal for students interested in health care professionals such as physicians, physician assistants and dentists.


Veritas promotes awareness about public health issues; generates and shares service and internship opportunities; creates professional fellowship and development opportunities; and advocates for preventative education, research and funding for the public health field.