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Pre-Health Advising

Are you a DU student interested in pre-medicine, pre-dentistry, pre-physical therapy, pre-physician assistant, pre-nursing, pre-pharmacy or pre-optometry?  Then you're on the right page!  Here's an overview of the Pre-Health program at DU:   Pre-Health at DU

 Program Director:    Dr. Nancy Lorenzon

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  • Dr. Lorenzon named one of DU's Faculty Career Champions for her work with Pre-Health students in 2016-2017! 

  • DU Pre-Health alumnus, Bailey Loving '15, co-founds the CU Anschutz "Black Men and Women in White Coats" - see a video of his journey to medical school!

  • DU students learn about Health Disparities in Denver

 Are you interested in pre-medicine, pre-dentistry, pre-physical therapy, pre-physician assistant, pre-nursing or pre-pharmacy? Then you're on the right page! Here's an overview of the Pre-Health program at DU: Pre-Health at DU

At the University of Denver, Pre-Health Advising provides academic and career advising for students from all majors who are interested in applying to medical, physician assistant, nursing, dental, pharmacy, physical therapy, and other health-related graduate programs. Pre-health support begins before classes start in the freshman year and continues through all undergraduate years, and even after graduation. The goal of advising is to support students in preparing for professional school and building the most competitive application/resume possible. Currently, DU has over 450 pre-health students and a substantial number of DU alumni who continue to receive pre-health advising and guidance. Pre-Health Advising supports all pre-health students across campus. While a majority of students are majors in the Division of Natural Sciences & Mathematics (especially in the Departments of Biological Sciences and Chemistry & Biochemistry), a substantial number of students are majors in other departments (Psychology, Mechanical Engineering, International Studies, Computer Science, Business, Music, and Art).

Today's professional schools are looking for more than just high MCAT scores and a high GPA. Professional schools are looking for students who are mature, service-oriented, and demonstrate that they have mastered a number of core competencies. Pre-Health Advising will guide students in gaining well-rounded knowledge and foundational skills. At DU, our pre-health program helps students move beyond the checklist of things to complete; we offer students the experiential learning and knowledge to make them more competitive in every application cycle.

Our office maintains DU portfolio Pre-Health Advising website to provide readily available and up-to-date information and resources related to pursuing a career in healthcare:

• Exploration of careers in healthcare: General introduction to careers in healthcare, as well as information and tools to help explore potential paths for your future
• General and curricular Advising: Advising information for specific pre-health career paths, pre-requisites, timelines, and much more
• Experiential learning: Gaining valuable and meaningful experiences (through clinical exposure, volunteer activities, leadership opportunities, internships and research) to demonstrate the core competencies for entering a health graduate program
• DU health-focused student organizations (more than 15): Pre-Health Society, Pre-Dental, Pre-Optometry, DU EMS Club, American Medical Women's Association, Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students, Global Brigades, GlobeMed, Global Medical Mission Association, DU MIND, Invisible Illnesses Club, Students for Sensible Drug Policy... and more
• Applying to professional school: Information and support about entrance exams for different professional schools and graduate programs, letters of recommendation, personal statements, activities descriptions, interview skills and practice

Much attention and support are provided to our pre-health students. We have a large number of human health-related courses in the sciences and throughout the university. We have identified and designed a number of courses to help students be effective in entrance exams and in their application to graduate programs. Students who attend DU find that our courses are both challenging and valuable in the pursuit of their health career goals. In addition, we offer many opportunities and experiences for our students to build competencies necessary to be successful. The goal of pre-health advising is to help each individual student build the strongest application and portfolio possible for the future endeavors.

Dr. Nancy Lorenzon
Dr. Lorenzon has been presented with a number of honors and awards for her teaching and advising of biology and pre-health students: Outstanding Faculty Service Award (2013), William T. Driscoll Master Educator Award (2016), Student Life Faculty Advisor of the Year (2016), Service Learning Faculty of the Year (2017), Faculty Pioneer Award (2017), and Undergraduate Faculty Career Champion (2016-2017)

TO JOIN PRE-HEALTH ADVISING and subscribe to the Pre-Health email list, please submit a subscription request form.

FOR MORE PRE-HEALTH INFORMATION AND RESOURCES, visit our pre-health DU portfolio website: (after you navigate to the webpage, just log in with your DU ID and password to gain access to the content).


  • Mon., Nov 12 at 6-7pm online: Kaplan "Applying in 2019": A free, live online workshop from Kaplan - Dr. Raj Thakrar, Resident Physician in Neurological Surgery at The University of Vermont Medical Center, will share his insight and answer questions about the application process. Sign up here.
  • Tuesday, November 13 at 5pm at the Hangar in Stanley Marketplace: Race, Racism and Health: An evening with David R. Williams. A multicultural event for community, students, faculty, health and wellness professionals, anyone who has an interest in the advancement of health equity. Sponsored by Colorado Black Health Collaborative, Center for Public Health Practice and University of Denver, ODI & IRISE. Join us for an interactive event that will focus on health issues of people of color and will feature David R. Williams, PhD, MPH, the Florence and Laura Norman Professor of Public Health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Professor of African and African American Studies and Sociology at Harvard University. The author of more than 400 scientific papers, his research has enhanced our understanding of the complex ways in which race, socioeconomic status, stress, racism, health behavior and religious involvement can affect health. FREE and Open to the Public. SPACE is LIMITED and registration required at
  • Wed., Nov 14 on line: Naturopathic Medical College Virtual Fair. Are you a prospective student, career changer or have questions about naturopathic medical education? Look no further – this is the perfect place to get all your questions answered! Representatives from all seven accredited schools will be online to speak with you! Stay tuned as more details will be posted as the event approaches. Find more information and register here:
  • Thurs, Nov. 15 at 4-5pm at the Vicki Myhren Gallery in the Art building: Lisa Raville from the Harm Reduction Action Center will be speaking about supervised injection facilities and harm reduction. The event is called "The More You Know," and there will be heavy apps and beverages. Here is the facebook event: Space is limited so you have to RSVP here on eventbrite. It is completely FREE! "Harm reduction is a set of practical strategies and ideas aimed at reducing the public health risks associated with drug use. Harm Reduction calls for the non-judgmental, non-coercive provision of services and resources to people who use drugs, and the communities in which they live, in order to assist them in reducing harm. Harm Reduction is not the opposite of Recovery, it is just the more patient and sustainable route. Since 2002, the Harm Reduction Action Center (HRAC) has been the primary provider of emergency, heath, and human services to injection drug users (IDUs) in Colorado. They are keeping Denver healthier and safer with proper syringe disposal, clean syringes, access to on-demand HIV/HCV testing, health education classes, street outreach, and referrals to mental health/substance abuse treatment."