Pre-Health Information

The Pre-Professional Health Committee (PPHC)

The PPHC: The Pre-Professional Health Committee (PPHC) serves to guide students as they pursue entrance into professional health programs, such as those in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, optometry, veterinary medicine, and podiatry. In addition, the Committee may recommend a candidate for admission to professional programs in the form of a “committee letter”. Many professional schools prefer a recommendation letter from a pre-professional health committee. While using the PPHC is optional, it is in the student's best interest to take advantage of the services of the Committee.

The health professions candidate: You may complete the pre-health science requirements as a part of, or in addition to, the requirements of your academic major. For example, if you are interested in attending medical school, you will be completing courses to fulfill your major and the core curriculum, as well as specific course work required or recommended by medical schools. While most pre-health students major in Biology or Biochemistry, it is not necessary to do so.It is important that you choose a major that reflects your particular interests, abilities, and strengths. This is important for a number of reasons, including having an undergraduate experience that is a positive and fulfilling one

Dr. Mary Jane Niles
Professor, Biology
Chair, PPHC and Chief Health Professions Advisor
niles@usfca.edu
415-422-2354