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Primary Healthcare Advancement

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Program Directors

Nanette Canfield, Associate Director, STEM Scholars, (440) 826-2109,
Dr. Colleen Nye, Associate Professor of Biology, (440) 826-2914,


Baldwin Wallace's primary healthcare advancement program is an exclusive pre-med track for aspiring primary care physicians. It offers opportunities for early acceptance to medical school.

The program blends the coursework of BW's public health major with a comprehensive foundation of medical science and healthcare.

Its distinctive approach is linked to the first-year curriculum of primary care-focused medical schools. Its innovative format makes it the first of its kind in Ohio.

Early assurance partnerships with Ohio University's Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine and Northeast Ohio Medical University provide you with a pipeline for early acceptance to medical school.

Hands-on research opportunities, case studies and dynamic class projects give you the tools to build an impressive application for medical school.

You'll work alongside professors and primary care physicians. You'll gain insights into the medical practices, wellness initiatives and disease prevention strategies used by professionals.

The program was developed in consultation with physicians, leading scholars and medical schools. It aligns with program requirements of DO and MD medical schools focused on primary care. Its rigor and comprehensive studies prepare you for the MCAT and admission to medical school.

It is an academically selective program.


An intensive and rewarding program, primary healthcare advancement includes coursework from BW's public health major and healthcare science.

It provides a strong foundation in the sciences. You'll supplement those studies with classes in biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health, health policy, and social and behavioral sciences.

A capstone field experience provides real-world application with a public health agency.

The primary healthcare advancement program prepares students to:

  • Successfully enter a primary care-focused program in medical school
  • Complete the basic academic medical school requirements (general biology, chemistry, physics, etc.), as well as completing coursework emphasizing the sociologic aspects of medical care (medical sociology, global health, etc.)
  • Understand the fundamentals of the basic academic medical school requirements, and also have a perspective of delivering medical care in a diverse society
  • Explain the importance and significance of primary care medicine
  • Have the perspective of preventive healthcare, and the recognition of the various factors contributing to the development of disease
  • Successfully achieve a competitive score on the new MCAT and attain the additional recommended academic requirements for medical school

Student Experiences

Small class sizes, individual attention and faculty mentoring are at the core of the primary healthcare advancement program.

Experiential learning bridges classroom study with real-world opportunities. You can enhance your studies through internships, co-curricular activities and other learning opportunities that include:

Student Clubs & Organizations

Pre-Medical Society

Delta Omega Chi, the Pre-Medical Society, sponsors medically related volunteer activities, guest speakers, tours to institutions with professional programs, and mentoring with pre-medical upperclassmen and the faculty advisor. This organization is ideal for students interested in healthcare professionals such as physicians, physician assistants and dentists.

Public Health Club

Veritas promotes awareness about public health issues; generates and shares service and internship opportunities; creates professional fellowship and development opportunities; and advocates for preventative education, research and funding for the public health field.

Choose Ohio First STEM Scholars Program

The BW Choose Ohio First STEM Scholars Program is open to Ohio residents who are entering Baldwin Wallace in the fall as a first-year student or transfer student and are interested in primary healthcare advancement. Students are eligible to apply to the program which also offers the Choose Ohio First scholarship, awarding annual, renewable scholarships of up to $5,000.

Alumni Success

At Baldwin Wallace, you'll experience personal and professional growth in a supportive community that challenges and inspires you to succeed.

Baldwin Wallace has long championed the success of its students. Evidence of this can be seen in the extraordinary achievements of its alumni spread throughout the United States and the world.