Get Advising

As a UW-Madison student, you have full access to CPHA’s resources for as long as you need them — even after you graduate. Whether you want to talk with an advisor 1:1, prefer to explore curated online modules independently, have some time between classes to check out @uwprehealthcenter on Instagram, or are excited to hear from a current healthcare professional during a special event – CPHA is here for you.

Explore below some of the advising resources tailored to every stage of preparing for a career in healthcare. 

CPHA is one of many career resources available at UW-Madison, including the Career Exploration Center and career services at your school or college. Visit to explore additional career resources on campus.

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Advising through Canvas Courses

In addition to one-on-one advising, CPHA runs several self-paced Canvas courses. These are free, non-credit courses that serve as resource libraries for pre-health students.

If you are a first year student or healthcare is a new interest, begin by signing up for Pre-Health 101, our free, online orientation. It provides an overview of pre-health classes, activities, application timelines, and more.

If you plan to apply to a health professions program in the next year or two, enroll in our “Applying to Programs” Canvas course! In this course, you’ll learn about the application process, getting organized, writing essays, preparing for professional exams, school selection, interviews, and more.

Looking for advice on dropping coursework and potential impact on your applications? See DRs and Pre-Professional Students for guidance.

Advising & Confidentiality

We are here to support you in reaching your goals, including navigating academic or personal challenges as they relate to pursuing professional programs after graduation. While our advisors are able to keep most conversations private in accordance with FERPA, sometimes information disclosed during advising or in personal statements requires us to communicate with other support offices on campus (such as the Dean of Students or the Title IX Coordinator).

Why are we required to discuss certain situations with other offices? Due to various federal, state, and UW policies, we are not Confidential Campus Resources when it comes to incidents such as sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, stalking, or sexual discrimination.

Two examples of Confidential Campus Resources are University Health Services and the McBurney Disability Resource Center. To learn more about efforts related to campus safety and expectations of faculty and staff, please speak with your advisors or visit the Title IX information page and Clery Act information page.

The goal of communication is to ensure a safe and healthy campus community, and to ensure that students receive the information they personally need to be safe and healthy. However, we understand that you may have questions or concerns about these policies. Please do not hesitate to bring these up with your advisor.