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Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Stuart Altman

Stuart Altman, Ph.D., professor of HSSP's course on American Health Care, is a member of The Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and an economist whose research interests are primarily in the area of federal and state health policy. "Massachusetts is very fortunate to have one of the best health care delivery systems in the nation. Our medical schools, teaching hospitals and health plans routinely rank in the highest categories of quality and innovation ... Collectively it is fair to say that Massachusetts is a 'Medical Mecca.'" 

Accepted Schools

In addition to acceptances by The George Washington University, recent alumni have been accepted to programs including:

  • Tufts University School of Medicine
  • Columbia University College of Dental Medicine
  • Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
  • Tufts University: Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine
  • University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
  • University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Albany Medical School
  • Nova Southeastern College of Osteopathic Medicine

Our Unique Program

studying DNAThe two-track curriculum of Brandeis University's Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Program is designed for college graduates and career-changers who do not have the necessary pre-requisites for health professions programs, or who have successfully completed a year of both General Chemistry and Biology with lab but no other pre-requisites.* Our program allows students to take not only necessary science courses, but also to benefit from Brandeis' rich programmatic offerings in health and related fields. This wider approach addresses the current, more holistic preparation for medical school and other health professions.

Our small, intensive program provides cohort members with individualized academic and career advising in a supportive environment. The curriculum supports students interested in applying to allopathic and osteopathic medical schools as well as related health fields such as dentistry, veterinary medicine, optometry, or podiatry.

*The program is not designed for students who wish to repeat prior science coursework for record enhancement. Further, it is strongly recommended that applicants have completed calculus before enrolling in the program. Some volunteer or professional experience in the medical field is recommended.

Our expanded curriculum features two tracks. Some highlights of our tracks include:

  • 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 including 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
  • Cohort model
  • New, more affordable tuition
  • Personalized advising
  • Highly-structured support for the application process, resulting in a committee letter from our board of pre-medical advisors
  • Linkage agreement with The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences for students in the career-changer track
  • State-of-the-art life sciences facilities
  • Close proximity to Boston

Courses and Completion Requirements

The most updated course listing, course descriptions, and degree requirements can be found in the University Bulletin. Note that the University Bulletin is updated each year.

Please note, students are strongly advised to complete calculus before beginning the program and to review pre-calculus coursework.

To be in good academic standing and continue in the program, students must complete all courses with a B- or above.

George Washington Linkage Program

Brandeis has a linkage program with The George Washington University School of Medicine. Students must have a 3.6 undergraduate GPA and a 3.5 post-bac GPA to be considered for this program.

Post-bac premedical students in the Career-Changer track may apply, if eligible, in the fall of their second year.

Conditional acceptances are finalized after the MCAT score has been submitted to GW. If final acceptance is granted, the student would start in the following fall. Applying through the linkage program reduces the stress and expense of applying through the traditional application process.  

PLEASE NOTE:  Students entering the Finisher Track will not be eligible for the linkage program.


We encourage you to explore one of the program’s greatest assets through our faculty pages. Learn more about the people who will help guide you along your path in our Faculty Guide.                       

Student Services

At Brandeis, you will become part of a community that is strengthened by life both within and outside of the classroom and laboratory walls. Please visit Student Services to see the array of university resources, events and programming for post-bac students, including our Graduate Student Services Center, off-campus housing, health insurance, disability resources, Counseling Center, career services, and the Graduate Student Association.