A great start for pre-med, pre-occupational therapy, pre-physical therapy, speech language pathologist, physician assistant.

Students in this track select HDFS electives that will prepare them to go on for further education in health fields such as nursing, physician’s assistants, medicine, physical and occupational therapy.  In addition, it is strongly recommended that students in this track take additional science courses that will prepare them for further healthcare education (as dictated by the particular health field).

Medical Schools look for candidates who:

  1. Have an understanding of the “whole picture” in interacting with human beings
  2. Exhibit qualities of compassion, sensitivity & effective relationships with patients of diverse backgrounds

Sources: The Princeton Review, US News & World Report, and medical school websites

Additional resources that you may find helpful can be found through the Southwest Georgia Area Health Education Center.

HDFS uniquely helps students hone these qualities by studying human beings’ physical, cognitive and socioemotional development through the lifespan in the context of the most important human environment: families.


  • IHDD 4000 Disability Issues
  • IHDD 5970 Interdisciplinary Collaboration in the Context of Disability
  • HDFS 4810 Hospitalized Child and the Family
  • HDFS 5130 Creative Activities for Young Children

Student Testimonial

I am currently a second year medical student at the Medical College of Georgia and having a degree in HDFS has been a tremendous benefit. I am able to appreciate the family dynamics that can dictate a particular treatment plan or how a sick child can affect the entire family. Learning to become a doctor is so much more than understanding disease and learning treatments, I know that I will be a better doctor because my of degree in HDFS. Lauren Daniels, UGA Class of 2010