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Health Professions Advisory Committee

Advising for all students interested in and applying to medical-related graduate and professional programs.

Students presenting a medical poster.

There are multiple pathways towards a healthcare career. During your time at Beloit, you can engage in the liberal arts undergraduate experience (clubs! athletics!) while making meaningful connections with faculty, participating in research programs and internships, gaining global health perspective by studying abroad, and ultimately discovering a healthcare career that best suits you!

Our Health Professions Advisory Committee (HPAC, comprised of Beloit College professors) will help each student develop their own narrative of academic, emotional, work, personal, interpersonal, and professional skills development to successfully prepare for a career in healthcare.

Pre-health students at Beloit…

  • have successfully continued on to… nursing MSN programs at Johns Hopkins, medical school at Medical College of Wisconsin, pharmacy school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Physical Therapy programs at Carroll University and the University of Southern California, Infection Prevention and Epidemiology MS at the University of Providence, and many more!


The Health Professions Advising Committee plays three major roles on campus:

  1. We make sure that students know what classes they should be taking to prepare for admission to health profession training programs and how and when to prepare for admission exams.
  2. We evaluate students applying to medical training programs to provide a committee (or institutional) opinion of the applicant through the writing and submission of a committee letter to prospective training programs (this is important when you are applying in your 3rd or 4th years).
  3. We coordinate with local healthcare providers, alumni, and the Beloit pre-health student club to help students understand and obtain the non-classroom experiences expected of competitive applicants.
Caring for Diverse Populations
Health Professions Advisory Committee News

Caring for Diverse Populations

Guadalupe Orbezo-Perez’20, a senior biochemistry and psychology double major, French minor, and Pakula Biomedical Scholar, aspires to be a clinical psychologist, adding “I am trilingual and we need clinicians who can care for diverse populations.”

Bobby Harris’08 is site director for an innovative center that provides shelter and care for people with Covid.

Meeting People Where They Are

Bobby Harris’08 is part of a diverse, multidisciplinary team serving Baltimore’s most vulnerable citizens during the pandemic. He was drawn to public health as a way of fighting social injustice.

Shanna Dell’10 opted to take a clinical post during the pandemic so she could care for sick people the way she would want to be treated.

Fighting Covid on Multiple Fronts

Public health professional Shanna Dell’10 typically works with nurse-centered HIV pre-exposure prevention, but Covid has changed everything. In her new roles, she’s taking inspiration from fellow nurses who were working with HIV patients long before the disease’s transmission was understood.


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