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Great Colleges and Universities for Health and Medicine in the Midwest

Visualize yourself in the health care field by checking out these colleges and universities with exceptional health and medicine programs in the Midwestern US.

If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that we need more health care and health science workers in the world. This could be you! If you’re interested in the health and medicine field, you can find amazing colleges and universities that could be a great fit for you and your future career goals with this list. These schools offer great health science programs, and the best part is you can connect with them right here. Click any green “Connect me” button below to have your CX profile information sent to your schools of interest—then they’ll reach out to you. Start exploring your path to health care now!

Case Western Reserve University

Case Western Reserve UniversityCase Western Reserve University is a private research institution in University Circle—four miles from downtown Cleveland, Ohio. With 5,430 undergraduates and an 11:1 student-faculty ratio, students can choose from more than 100 academic programs, including Nursing, Biomedical Engineering, and Pre-medical and Pre-dental tracks. Named a top 25 medical research school, Case Western prepares health and medicine students for the health care field with more than 1,400 hours of clinical placements, close proximity to three major hospitals, and more.

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Cleveland State University

Cleveland State UniversityCleveland State University is a public university in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. With a total enrollment of 17,400 and a 17:1 student-faculty ratio, students can choose from over 200 academic programs, including Biology, Chemistry, and Health Sciences through the College of Sciences and Health Professions. CSU prepares health students through a partnership with the Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED), the Center for Innovation in Health Professions, and more.

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Hillsdale College

Hillsdale CollegeHillsdale College is a private, selective liberal arts college in Hillsdale, Michigan—approximately 70 miles from Ann Arbor, Toledo, Lansing, and Fort Wayne. With 1,466 undergraduates and a 9:1 student-faculty ratio, students can choose from 30 majors, including Pre-medicine and Pre-health Professions programs in Dental, Medical, Optometry, and more. Hillsdale prepares students with resources like dedicated pre-professional advisors, the option to apply to Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine as early as freshman year, and more.

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Lawrence Technological University

Lawrence Technological UniversityLawrence Technological University is a private university in Southfield, Michigan—only 20 miles from the center of Detroit. With 3,000 students and an 11:1 student-faculty ratio, Lawrence Tech offers 100 innovative programs, including Chemical Biology, Nursing, and Pre-medical. The University supports health students through an agreement with Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine, a new teaching laboratory for hands-on learning, the Office of Career Services—which is accessible even as an alum—and more.

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Malone University

Malone University logoMalone University is a liberal arts and sciences university in Canton, Ohio—20 miles south of Akron. The University offers more than 55 major undergraduate areas of study taught by scholar faculty, including programs in Biochemistry, Biology, Exercise Science, Nursing, and Psychology & Counseling. The Nursing program curriculum includes many hands-on opportunities with the progression of courses including clinicals and internships early on so students are well-prepared come graduation.

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Miami University

Miami UniversityMiami University is a public coeducational institution in Oxford, Ohio. With 16,500+ undergraduates and a 17:1 student-faculty ratio, students can choose from 120 areas of study, including Gerontology, Kinesiology, Medical Laboratory Science, Nutrition, and more. Miami U supports students with resources like co-major program options, the Center for Healthcare Education, interactive laboratories, undergraduate research and clinical opportunities, and more.

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Moody Bible Institute

Moody Bible Institute logoMoody Bible Institute is a private church-affiliated institution in Chicago, Illinois. Students can choose from more than 20 areas of study, including a Bachelor of Arts in Human Services which leads Moody graduates to become social workers, youth outreach assistants, human services professionals, crisis pregnancy counselors, and more. Moody offers a foundational knowledge of the Bible and theology in all academic programs, while ministry experiences, chapel, internships, conferences, and mission trips help students learn outside the classroom to be business leaders as well as religious leaders.

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North Park University 

North Park University logoNorth Park University is a private Christian comprehensive university in the northwest side of Chicago, Illinois. With a 12:1 student-faculty ratio and an average class size of 17 students, the University offers more than 40 programs, including majors in Exercise Science, Health Sciences, Physical Education, and Nursing. Through Close personal attention from faculty, modern lab facilities, and excellent advising North Park prepares students for the health care field with a foundation of faith, learning, and service. 

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Ohio Northern University

Ohio Northern University logoOhio Northern University is a private Methodist comprehensive university in Ada, Ohio. Students interested in health science programs can choose from 34 majors—including Behavioral Neuroscience, Biomedical Engineering, Forensic Biology, Nursing, Pharmacy, and more—offered through the School of Health & Behavioral Sciences and The Raabe College of Pharmacy. The University has most recently been recognized for teaching quality, high graduation rates, commitment to volunteer service, and providing a high return on investment.

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Ohio University

Ohio UniversityOhio University is a comprehensive public university in Athens, Ohio—75 miles southeast of Columbus. With 17,000 undergraduates and a 16:1 student-faculty ratio, students can choose from more than 250 academic programs, including Exercise Physiology, Nursing, Physical Therapy, and more. Ranked among the top 10 largest health-focused colleges, Ohio supports students on the path to health care through inter-major collaborative learning, flexible online degree options, and more.

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Saginaw Valley State University

Saginaw Valley State University logoSaginaw Valley State University is a public comprehensive university in University Center, Michigan—only 35 miles north of Flint. With 1,780 undergraduates and a 17:1 student-faculty ratio, students can choose from 90 programs, including Exercise Science and Nursing through the School of Health & Human Services. SVSU prepares health students with resources like pre-health professions advisors, one of only four accredited simulation centers in Michigan, a partnership with Covenant HealthCare, and more. 

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Saint Louis University

Saint Louis UniversitySaint Louis University is a Jesuit, Catholic university in St. Louis, Missouri. With 8,072 undergraduates and a 9:1 student-faculty ratio, SLU offers nearly 90 bachelor’s degrees and more than 100 graduate and professional programs, including Nursing and Occupational Therapy. Health students benefit from resources like SLUCare—a University-owned physician practice—the new SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital, the University Research Institute, and more.

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Trine University

Trine UniversityTrine University is an independent comprehensive university in Angola, Indiana—40 miles from Fort Wayne. With 4,646 undergraduates and a 17:1 student-faculty ratio, students can choose from nearly 40 majors and over 40 minors, including Forensic Science, Healthcare Administration, and Nursing. Trine prepares students through the College of Health Professions located at the Trine University Fort Wayne Education Center at the Parkview Hospital Randallia Campus.

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University of Akron 

University of Akron logoThe University of Akron is a public research institution in Akron, Ohio—within walking distance of downtown. With 11,300+ undergraduates and a 16:1 student-faculty ratio, the University offers more than 200 undergraduate majors, minors, and certificates, including a  broad range of health-related professions such as physical health, lifestyle development, and social and psychological well-being. The College of Health and Human Sciences’ seven schools cultivate an interprofessional approach to training health care professionals through a biopsychosocial perspective of human growth and development.

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University of Chicago 

University of Chicago logoThe University of Chicago is a comprehensive private university only seven miles south of downtown Chicago, Illinois. With approximately 6,800 undergraduates and a 5:1 student-faculty ratio, the University offers over 50 majors, including new majors in Molecular Engineering and Astronomy & Astrophysics, plus more than 40 minors. UChicago students can take advantage of more than 160 institutes and centers, numerous research opportunities across a wide variety of scientific disciplines, and more. 

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University of Cincinnati

University of CincinnatiThe University of Cincinnati is a public research institution just two miles from downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. With an enrollment of nearly 47,000 and a 17:1 student-faculty ratio, the University offers over 350 undergraduate academic programs, including Health Administration, Medical Assisting, and Medical Humanities. As the first College of Medicine in Ohio, UC prepares students for health careers through its Colleges of Allied Health Sciences, Nursing, Medicine, and Pharmacy; hands-on experiences starting your first year; and more.

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Wisconsin Lutheran College

Wisconsin Lutheran CollegeWisconsin Lutheran College is a private Christian liberal arts college in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. With 1,091 students and a 12:1 student-faculty ratio, the College offers over 50 academic programs, including Chiropractic, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, and Exercise Physiology. WLC prepares health science students for the field through access to the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center, employment in patient care at Froedtert Hospital and other facilities, numerous research opportunities (including potential for publication), and more.

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Thinking about pursuing health care elsewhere in the country? Check out this list of Great Colleges and Universities for Health and Medicine in the West.

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