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Prof. Laurie Nsiah-Jefferson

Laurie Nsiah-Jefferson, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.A., teaches HSSP's Racial/Ethnic and Gender Inequalities in Health and Health Care. She is a senior scientist and senior lecturer at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management and a visiting scholar at the Women's Studies Research Center at Brandeis. She teaches courses on the intersection of race, gender and other identities, and its impact on public and institutional policy. Dr. Nsiah-Jefferson's research interests include racial/ethnic and gender inequities; intersectionality theory and research methods, and the impacts of stress and racism on health and social outcomes for women, mothers and children.

Academics and Curriculum

Our post-baccalaureate program is unique: students choose a track, allowing them to have both a distinctive academic experience and a supportive community of similarly situated post-bac students as they prepare for a future health profession. 

Brandeis' world-renowned science programs are the foundation for each post-bac track, which include the following:

  • The pre-requisite science courses with labs (biology, chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, and physics)
  • Optional courses in our Health: Science, Society, and Policy (HSSP) Program: American Health Care and Racial/Ethnic and Gender Inequalities in Health and Health Care
  • Clinical seminar led by a physician and featuring guest speakers from a variety of health care practices
  • Biochemistry, Statistics, and Psychology 2a (Psychological and Socio-Cultural Perspectives on Health)
  • Time to study for the MCAT in spring semester

** Please note that students are strongly advised to take calculus before beginning the program.

Students choose one of the following tracks:  

Career Changer track (2 year program):

This track allows students to incorporate advanced biology electives in addition to biochemistry, such as physiology and upper-level biology courses.

Students can also choose to focus on Project Lab. One semester of Project Lab offers students the experience of conducting bench research and an independent project through a small, lab-based course. Each year focuses on a specific topic, such as DNA mutation and repair, epigenetics, behavior, or biodiversity. Students design and carry out original experiments, refine laboratory techniques and experimental design, and gain experience in reading and writing scientific papers. 

Finisher Track (15 month program):

The Finisher Track is a special pathway for select non-science majors who have already successfully completed a full year of both General Chemistry and Biology with lab and a strong GPA in these courses to complete the pre-med and pre-health requirements in 15 months.  This track begins in the summer with Organic Chemistry. To find out if you are eligible to apply to this track, please contact phapostbac@brandeis.edu