IU Bloomington Health Programs Fair introduces students to health care career options

  • March 4, 2015


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University students will have an opportunity to learn about a wide variety of career opportunities in health care next week at the 13th annual IU Bloomington Health Programs Fair.

The fair will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, in the Indiana Memorial Union Alumni Hall. The event gives students an opportunity to meet with recruiters from medical schools and health professions programs and learn about the admissions process.

Representatives of more than 100 schools, programs and organizations will be available to meet with students and answer questions about educational and career opportunities. Medical school representatives will answer fair attendees’ questions and discuss what the schools are seeking in order to prepare prospective applicants.

Interest in health care careers is high. About 700 students usually attend the Health Programs Fair, and large crowds are expected again this year.

“Students who are currently in college grew up at a time when our whole country was engaged in a dialogue about the future of health care,” said Rachel Tolen, assistant director of the IU Bloomington Health Professions and Prelaw Center. “Many seem to be drawn to health care careers because they want to directly make a difference in the lives of others. However, many initially think only of the most prominent professions and don’t realize how many career options are available.”

Information will be available at the fair on health care careers in direct patient care, laboratory work, administration, information technology and other areas.

“A student might study informatics and then come up with a novel way of using information technology to improve health care delivery,” Tolen said. “Students concerned about addressing global crises such as the Ebola outbreak could consider studying public health. Our philosophy is to help each student define what he or she wants to achieve through a health care career and then determine the best individualized path to go about it.”

IU academic departments will send representatives to the fair to discuss majors and courses that help prepare students for medicine and other health fields. Students will also be able to speak with representatives of health-related student organizations and volunteer agencies from the Bloomington area at the fair.

The fair is organized by the Health Professions and Prelaw Center and is co-sponsored by the IU departments of applied health science, biology, biotechnology, chemistry, kinesiology, nursing, physics, psychological and brain sciences, sociology, and speech and hearing sciences.

A list of professions and of schools and programs that will be represented at the fair is available online. For questions or more information, contact the Health Professions and Prelaw Center at 812-855-1873 or

The Health Professions and Prelaw Center, a program of the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, provides advising and other services for students who want to pursue careers in law, medicine and other health professions. The center works closely with IU students throughout their undergraduate years, and with IU alumni, to help them become thoughtful, well-prepared, competitive applicants to professional programs.

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Students meet with a program representative at a previous IU Health Programs Fair

Students meet with a program representative at a previous IU Health Programs Fair

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Rachel Tolen

Assistant director

  • Health Professions and Prelaw Center
  • Office 812-855-1873