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Pre-Health Curriculum Alive and Well

July 10, 2013

“Ever since I can remember I have been interested in pursuing a career in the health field,” Ilana Sigal BA ’13 said. “At Lewis & Clark I was introduced to the many possibilities in the health field and realized my specific interests and passions.”

Sigal majored in psychology and worked as a research assistant with Assistant Professor of Psychology Jennifer LaBounty, whose work focuses on social cognition and conscience development in preschool-aged children.

“I believe it is truly unique to a liberal arts education that I had the opportunity to work as a research assistant as an undergraduate,” Sigal said.

With the rigorous coursework provided by the pre-health curriculum and the hands-on experience she gained conducting, organizing, and analyzing research Sigal feels prepared to embark on her professional path. This fall, Sigal will attend the New York University Global Institute of Public Health with a concentration in community and international health.

“The opportunity to apply what I have learned in research design and methodology, statistical analysis, and manuscript writing has prepared me to contribute to the scientific work in the field of public health,” she said.

The pre-health curriculum at Lewis & Clark includes a breadth of coursework in biology, chemistry, English, philosophy, and psychology, among other disciplines.

Learn more about how we prepare students for careers in medicine and health professions.

Zibby Pillote ’14 contributed to this story.