University of Wisconsin–Madison

CPHA Events

Healthcare Expo

The Healthcare Expo will be held in Gordon this year, shown here on a winter evening as dusk turns to night.

The Student Pre-Health Committee (SPHC) and the Center for Pre-Health Advising (CPHA) invite you to the second annual Healthcare Expo this spring 2020. This is an event that will give students and alumni opportunity to explore careers in healthcare. Come and identify next steps in your healthcare career path. Talk with representatives from professional programs, experiential/gap year opportunities, meaningful service experiences, patient care opportunities, and more. 

Monday, February 10, 2020, 4-7 pm in the Gordon Dining and Event Center
  • The Fair  4-7 pm  (Concerto and Overture Rooms)
  • Breakout Sessions  (Sonata Room)
    • 4-4:45 pm CEC Health Career Exploration Studio
    • 5-5:45 pm Health Professional Student Panel
    • 6-6:45 pm Health Professionals Panel                         

Four Year Planning Workshops

CPHA Advisor, Mike Hill, PhD, working with students at a Four Year Planning Workshop.

Are you a first year pre-health student looking to make a four-year plan? Come and do that at one of CPHA’s Four Year Planning Workshops. Hear a brief presentation from Mike Hill, the CPHA First Year Specialist, and then work on your plan with him and other pre-health advisors. These workshops give you time to begin to think through and learn about pre-health courses and co-curriculars (e.g., volunteering, shadowing, research, and student org involvement) with the support of pre-health advisors in the room.

Workshops in Spring 2020:
  • Tuesday, March 24 (3:30-5 pm)
  • Wednesday, March 25 (3:30-5 pm)
  • Tuesday, April 7 (3:30-5 pm)
  • Wednesday, April 8 (3:30-5 pm)                                                        Check back for REGISTRATION link. 

MCAT Study Prep Workshops

MD/PhD student, Keith Dodd, working with students at an MCAT Workshop. The 2019-2020 workshops will be taught by CPHA Advisor, Dija Selimi, PhD.

Offered by CPHA and the UW School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH) Office of MD Admissions, this workshop series is designed to support CPHA and SMPH’s shared vision of increasing equity and diversity in healthcare. This means that all students are encouraged to apply, and in addition, that priority is given to those who are from communities that are historically underrepresented and underserved in healthcare, including underrepresented students of color as well as students from first-generation, rural, and low-income backgrounds. Students must also have a minimum GPA of a 3.0 or be on track to have a 3.0 GPA by the end of the year in which they participate in the workshops. The content of this workshop series focuses on the nature of the MCAT and resources available for MCAT study. The goal is for students who attend the workshops to prepare individualized study plans for the MCAT.

Please fill out this form to apply for a workshop series.
Each one includes two weekday evenings (two Tuesdays or two Wednesdays).

Workshops in Spring 2020:
  • Tuesday night series – February 18 & 25 (5:30-7:30 pm) in Ingraham 115
  • Wednesday night series – February 19 & 26 (5:30-7:30 pm) in Ingraham 115


Ethics Abroad Workshop

CPHA Advisor, Dija Selimi, PhD, in small group discussion with students.

CPHA partners with the Global Health Institute to offer a training for students who want to learn about the Ethical Guidelines for Service Abroad. Students can come and learn how to protect others and yourself when you serve in other countries, how to find responsible and sustainable programs, and how to prepare for travel. 

Health Equity Symposium

The Student Pre-Health Committee (SPHC) and CPHA invite you to the second annual Health Equity Symposium this fall 2019. The focus this year is on intersections between health and different dimensions of life and human experience that impact health and health care outcomes.

Thursday, December 5, 5-8 pm in the Humanities Building (see rooms below)

Keynote: Quinton Cotton

“Positionality: Grounding Equity and Intersectionality Work”

Achieving health equity requires an understanding of differences in life opportunities and outcomes as the product of values, beliefs, narratives, policies and other influencers in a society. Positionality allows us to examine spectrums of difference, such as identity, and refine our methods for achieving health equity.

Symposium Schedule
  • Keynote at 5:30 pm (Humanities 1121)
  • Breakout sessions (6:30-8 pm)
    • Health and Religion (Dr. Corrie Norman, Humanities 2115)
    • Health and Criminal Justice (Dr. Julie Poehlmann-Tynan, Humanities 2121)
    • Health, Education, and Health Literacy (Dr. Luis Columna, Humanities 2211)
    • Health and Social Determinants of Health (Gina Green-Harris, Humanities 2241)

Please let us know if you plan to come! (appreciated, not required)