What We Do

About CPHA

The Center for Pre-Health Advising (CPHA) is a centralized resource for all UW-Madison students and alumni (no time limit) who are interested in pursuing careers in healthcare. Our primary advising expertise is  supporting students to explore, prepare for, and apply to graduate level professional programs, such as MD/DO, PA, OT, PT,  Dental, Vet MD, and Public Health. Interested specifically in Nursing, Pharmacy, or Veterinary Medicine? We also encourage you to connect directly with staff in these UW programs for the best possible guidance.

CPHA is dedicated to inclusive, ongoing, personalized, and holistic relationships with advisees, wherever you are on your path to serving others in healthcare. Our resources include 1:1 advising via drop-ins and appointments, Canvas courses, professional development programming, newsletters, and more. We are part of your broader campus support network, which includes many other helpful academic, career services, and student development resources.

There is not a specific “Pre-Health Major” at UW-Madison. Instead, students interested in graduate level health professions programs have the flexibility to choose a major that most interests them and complete program prerequisites alongside that major, as part of their overall degree. Beyond the classroom, Pre-Health students will explore and prepare through engaging in meaningful experiences like volunteering, on and off-campus employment, clinical work, patient care, research, studying abroad, shadowing, and more.

Pursuing health professions programs can feel confusing and overwhelming. CPHA is here to help you navigate the process!

Based in the Pre-Professional Advising office in suite 205 Middleton Building on campus, we are co-located with the Center for Pre-Law Advising (CPLA).

CPHA & CPLA have a shared priority of increasing access, equity, & diversity in the fields of health and law.

Partner with CPHA

Interested in collaborating with our office? Connect with us via email at questions@prehealth.wisc.edu!

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.