Aug. 20

Welcome back and Happy FDOC! 

Health Professions Advising is open for business on the ground floor of Steele Building.   Dr. Hilger and Ms. Horn are meeting with students on a drop-in basis, 9-4pm through the first two weeks of class.  Come see us! 

Other ways to stay connected:

  • Watch this space to learn when our new website is launched!
  • Follow Health Professions Advising on Twitter and Instagram @UNC_HPA
  • Are you part of an active student organization that would like be promoted our new website?  Send us an email at

  1. Application essay workshop at the Writing Center
  2. FREE Examkrackers MCAT Physics Webinar
  3. Gillings School of Public Health Open Houses and Courses
  4. UNC Study Abroad events this Fall
  5. MEDLIFE Service Learning Trip over Holiday break?
  6. Record-Enhancer PostBac:  Georgesquared
  7. MUSC College of Health Professions Information Sessions
  8. Delta Delta Sigma (DDS), UNC’s pre-dental honor society:  Calling all Pre-Dental students!
  9. St. George’s University School of Medicine interest meeting at UNC
  10. BIOL 117:  Exploring Health Care Professions.  Seats available!

1. Applying to a Special Academic Program?

In addition to our workshop next week on writing application essays, you can check out this handout on Application Essays to help you write and revise the personal statement required by many graduate programs, internships, and special academic programs.

This is a great opportunity, if you are interested in participating please complete the document here:

2. FREE Examkrackers MCAT Physics Webinar


Sunday, August 25th 9:00pm.  Session will last approx. 2 hours.  Register for event:

3.  Bachelor of Science in Public Health 2019 Open House

  • Friday, September 20th, 3:00pm-5:00pm
  • Michael Hooker Research Center
  • Biostatistics, Nutrition, Environmental Health Sciences, Health Policy and Management
  • (Event check-in is from 2:30-3pm/Part of the UNC Carolina Family Weekend schedule of events on-campus.)

SPHG 101/Fall 2019 Exploring Public Health Fields

  • Wednesdays, 4:40pm-5:40pm
  • 1 credit hour seminar
  • Pass/Fail graded
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Instructor: Greg Bocchino, EdD
  • This introductory course serves to develop a foundation in the breadth and depth of public health, locally and globally. Students will develop an understanding of the basic concepts of the public health disciplines and how they are used to promote health at a population level.

SPHG 690/Spring 2020 Environmental Health Issues

  • Wednesdays, 4:40pm-5:40pm
  • 1 credit hour seminar
  • Letter graded/A-F
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Instructor: Greg Bocchino, EdD
  • This special topics course highlights the rich diversity of our Environmental Sciences and Engineering department and is an opportunity to hear from local, national, and internationally known scientists, practitioners, and policymakers on issues of current scientific importance.

4.  Study Abroad 101 Information Sessions start up next week.  Study Abroad Fair will be September 6th, 10-3pm.  See their Calendar of Events here.

5. Do global health issues pique your interest? Are you passionate about bringing healthcare, education, and development to communities in need? If so, consider spending your Holiday Break abroad with MEDLIFE on a week-long mobile clinic abroad!

MEDLIFE is a volunteer-run non-profit organization whose mission is to help families achieve greater freedom from the constraints of poverty, empowering them to live more healthy, productive, and fulfilling lives.


For those less familiar with our program, it is a “record enhancer” postbaccalaureate, prehealth graduate certificate program that is a joint venture between the Georgetown University Medical Center and George Mason University.

The curriculum is based on the “regular” Masters in Physiology offered by Georgetown (not the “Special Masters Program”) but the philosophy and many of the faculty are shared with the SMP. The Certificate consists of 20 credits with about half of the students continuing on to the full Masters in Physiology at Georgetown where they complete the remaining 10 credits for that degree. Other Masters options are available at George Mason and at Georgetown.

The program has graduated nine classes and has placed approximately 65% of these graduates in medical or dental schools within two years of finishing the program. About 70% of the students are premed, about 20% pre-dental, and the remainder pre-PA or other tracks. These students are roughly 50% from Virginia, 20% from Maryland and the rest from throughout the country with California, New York, and Florida well represented. Over half of our students identify as being of an underrepresented minority background (about 45% African-American, 15% Latino) and a large number are first-generation Americans.

The average undergraduate GPA is 3.2. No test scores are required for admission but we offer test prep (MCAT, DAT, or GRE) as part of the curriculum. Students must show a commitment to healthcare before gaining entry into our program as evidenced by clinical, volunteer, and/or research activity in the field.

Our main focus in bolstering study skills, improving perspective on the healthcare field, and boosting confidence and general readiness for professional school.

7.  Information Sessions are a great one-stop shop for all things CHP! Prospective students and their guests will have the opportunity to interact with our currents students while they’re on campus tours, meet our dynamic team of faculty, and even receive an overview of financial aid. They will see our state of the art classrooms, labs, the library and so much more! They will get a glimpse into what student life can be at MUSC College of Health Professions.

September session will be held on Friday, September 20 at 12 p.m. October session will be held on Thursday, October 10, at 5 p.m.

8.  Delta Delta Sigma (DDS), UNC’s pre-dental honor society invites you to attend our fall rushee interest meeting 9/9 at 7pm in the Union Art Hallway! For those interested in dentistry, DDS offers shadowing, networking, volunteering, and mentoring opportunities. We host weekly meetings with guest speakers as well as other fun social events!  Contact Hannah Whitt with questions!

9. Meet SGU at UNC

  • Location:  Hanes Hall Room 239A/B
  • Date:  September 11, 2019
  • Time:  5-7pm, presentation will start at 5:30
  • Join us for pizza and chat with graduates fo the program.  There is a short presentation during this time that will cover our Medical School Program.
  • RSVP link:  www.calendly.comsgumed/unc

10.  Seats available!  Fall 2019.  Pass/Fail.  1 credit.  Wednesday, 6:30-8:00pm.

BIOL 117:  This course provides exposure to a variety of health professions, emphasizing ways health care teams work together (interprofessional interactions). Self-assessments will be utilized to examine articulation between strengths and interests and the skills and competencies required in healthcare careers. Throughout the course, practitioners will provide insight into their professions such as allopathic and osteopathic medicine, podiatric medicine, veterinary medicine, optometry, dentistry, pharmacy, nursing, social work, and occupational therapy.