Here is a copy of the most recent version of the Student Handbook:

An introductory note from the 2012-2013 Pre-Health Society Co-Presidents:

Haverford College is the ideal place for students to explore their interests in health; whether they are scientific research, public health internships, exploratory classes, or volunteering in local hospitals. The Pre-Health Society Board Members have complied health-related opportunities that are offered both on- and off-campus. In this booklet, you will find a variety of insider tips covering from different academic courses offered to faculty members who can provide mentorship. While this booklet is in no way all-inclusive, we hope that it can at least get you started and will be a useful tool to you throughout your college career.  Enjoy!

Sumin Park  and Olivia Coburn-Flynn class of 2013

Pre-Health Society contact:



The 2013-2014 Pre-Health Society Board Members:

*Stephanie Kahn, President,

*Scott Huang, Vice President,

*Chris Gardner, Treasurer,

*Sedona Murphy, Haverford and Hospitals Coordinator,

*Claire Dinh, Co-Secretary,

*Kelly Boylan, Co-Secretary,

*Albert Kim, 8-D Liaison,

The following faculty members are professionals in medical, scientific, and/or public health fields and are more than qualified to provide great guidance to anyone with similar academic or professional interests. They may be contacted through the email addresses listed below.


Michele Taylor

Official Pre-Health advisor for Haverford College. Students interested in pursuing a pre-health profession should schedule an appointment to discuss career goals and create a course schedule.

Cheryl Mathes

Pre-Health Office secretary. All appointments with Michele Taylor should be scheduled through Cheryl.


Andrea Morris

Pre-Medical and Neural and Behavioral Sciences (NBS) Advisor.

Jenni Punt

Pre-Veterinary and Immunology Advisor.


Fran Blasé

Pre-Medical Advisor.


Kaye Edwards

Public Health Advisor.


Jeff Tecosky-Feldman

Pre-Medical Advisor for minority students in science.


Wendy Sternburg

Neural and Behavioral Sciences (NBS) Advisor.


The following courses are not necessary to fulfill the pre-medical course requirements. For required classes, please seek advice from Dr. Michele Taylor, the pre-med advisor at Haverford College. Below are extra courses to engage students’ interest in health, medicine, culture and social justice. Please note that not all courses are offered every year/semester, and new courses do arise periodically.




 Bodies of Injustice:Health, Illness and Healing in Contexts of Inequality: ICPRH302A01

Professor Carol Schilling



Introduction to Anthropology: ANTHH103A01/02

Professor Laurie Kain Hart

An introduction to the basic ideas and methods of social anthropology. Examines major theoretical and ethnographic concerns of the discipline from its origins to the present, such as family and kinship, production and reproduction, history and evolution, symbolism and representation, with particular attention to such issues as race and racism, gender and sexuality, class, and ethnicity.

Diseased Bodies: AIDS, Culture and the Anthropology of the Body: ANTHH254B01

Professor Zolani Ngwane

A study of discourses of cultural and medical management and stigmatization of the diseased human body. We will look at how cultural perceptions of disease generate binaries of taboo/restoration, sin/redemption, dying/living, decay/heal. We will look at how responses to HIV/AIDS embody this ambivalence of the diseased body in ideologies of social subjectivity. The course will be informed by an approach to this problem which views the human body as society’s investment in its cultural and material reproduction while also serving as an ideological frontier separating socialized subjectivity from potentially antisocial libidinal forces of the biological self. Within this framework we will pursue the question: in what specific ways does disease, HIV in particular, represent a breach of the boundary between the body as social order and the carnal forces of its disruption? With HIV as an organizing problematic the course will be structured around themes including religious notions of the body, sin and redemption; Western philosophical opposition of the body to the faculty of reason; interventionist technologies of modern medicine and the secularization of illness; African notions of the social body and disharmonies of disease. We will conclude the course reflections on how my work on HIV prevention in South Africa has addressed these cultural issues in local communities.

Race, Class and Public Anthropology in the US: ANTHH330B01

Professor Patricia Kelly

This course examines poverty, work, whiteness, race, and migration in the wake of three decades of neoliberal economic policies in the US, and how anthropologists do work in the public interest on these topics. Students will learn themes in the literature, theoretical scaffolding, and research methods of applied, public, and activist anthropology in relation to US-based ethnography. The course includes field research in Fishtown (Philadelphia).



Writing in Public Health: BIOLH122A01

Professor Judith Owen

Cross-listed in Writing Program

Prerequisite: Open only to first-year students as assigned by the Director of College Writing.

Fulfills Freshman Writing Requirement

Enrollment limited to 15 students.

The study of public health and the development of public health policy are multidisciplinary activities which engage students and practitioners in the areas of science, medicine, mathematics, public policy, economics and politics. This course will address both national and global public health issues. In the first half of the semester, students will read and write about the increasing rate at which Americans are afflicted with type 2 diabetes, analyze why it preferentially affects certain racial and ethnic groups and develop their own ideas about how to ameliorate this incipient public health disaster. The second half of the course will focus on the ongoing problem of infectious disease in America and in the countries of the third world. Despite more than a century of research, we have still not solved the global health problems associated with influenza, malaria, tuberculosis and other infectious diseases. Students will learn about the biology of some of these diseases and study the mechanisms which are currently being used to minimize their impact on the health of different populations.

Immunology: BIOLH308D01

Professor Judith Owen

Prerequisite: Biology 200 or consent.

This course will provide an introduction to the rapidly expanding discipline of immunology. Students will learn about the molecular and cellular basis of the immune response through the study of the genetics and biochemistry of antigen receptors, the biochemistry of immune cell activation, the cell physiology of the immune system, immune memory, immune tolerance induction and immune-mediated cell death.

Molecular Oncology: BIOLH359D01

Professor Heidi Johnson

Biol 300 or consent.

Enrollment limited to 15 students.

This seminar will be a discussion of current concepts and literature on the molecular and cellular basis of cancer. To the physician, cancer is a broad spectrum of dozens of different diseases. On the molecular level, by contrast, the outlines of a unifying genetic explanation for neoplasia are becoming clear. The seminar will explore the basis for this genetic paradigm of cancer and what it portends for future management of the disease. Topics will include: the mechanism of neoplastic transformation; the role of proto-oncogenes in normal and cancer cells; the tumor suppressor genes; the molecular and genetic pathogenesis of cancer; molecular genetics in diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Enrollment limited to 15 students.

Stem Cell Biology: BIOLH363E01

Professor Jennifer Punt

Prerequisite: Biology 300b or consent.

Enrollment limited to 15 students.

This course will develop an understanding of the molecular mechanisms that regulate stem cell self-renewal and differentiation. These issues will be examined by exploring the primary literature on topics such as hematopoietic (bone marrow) stem cells and their use as therapeutic agents. Enrollment limited to 15 students.

Biological Psychology: BIOLH217B01

Professor Seth Gillihan

Cross-listed in Psychology

Prerequisite: An intro course in Psyc or Biol or consent.

Lottery Pref: NBS Conc then Psyc Majors then Biol Majors.

Enrollment limited to 35 students.

Interrelations between brain, behavior, and subjective experience. The course introduces students to physiological psychology through consideration of current knowledge about the mechanisms of mind and behavior.



Topics in Bioorganic Chemistry: CHEMH357G01

Professor Karin Åkerfeldt

The specific content of the course varies, depending on faculty and student interests. The course will focus on organic chemistry as applied to biological systems and related topics.





Forensic Anthropology: ANTHB234001

Professor Virginia E. Hutton

Introduces the forensic subfield of biological anthropology, which applies techniques of osteology and biomechanics to questions of forensic science, with practical applications for criminal justice. Examines the challenges of human skeletal identification and trauma analysis, as well as the broader ethical considerations and implications of the field. Topics will include: human osteology; search and recovery of human remains; taphonomy; trauma analysis; and the development and application of innovative and specialized techniques.

Environmental Health: ANTHB237001

Professor Melissa Pashigian

This course introduces principles and methods in environmental anthropology and public health used to analyze global environmental health problems globally and develop health and disease control programs. Topics covered include risk; health and environment; food production and consumption; human health and agriculture; meat and poultry production; and culture, urbanization, and disease.

Race, Power, Culture: ANTHB248001

Professor Beth Uzwiak

This course examines race and power through a variety of topics including colonialism, nation-state formation, genocide, systems of oppression/privilege, and immigration. Students will examine how class, gender, and other social variables intersect to affect individual and collective experiences of race, as well as the consequences of racism in various cultural contexts.

Intro to Cultural Anthropology: ANTHB102001

Professor Beth Uzwiak or Professor Carolyn Merritt

An introduction to the methods and theories of cultural anthropology in order to understand and explain cultural similarities and differences among contemporary societies.

Disease and Human Evolution: ANTHB317001

Professor Virginia E. Hutton

Pathogens and humans have been having an “evolutionary arms race” since the beginning of our species. In this course, we will look at methods for tracing diseases in our distant past through skeletal and genetic analyses as well as tracing the paths and impacts of epidemics that occurred during the historic past. We will also address how concepts of Darwinian medicine impact our understanding of how people might be treated most effectively. There will be a midterm, a final, and an essay and short presentation on a topic developed by the student relating to the class.



Medicine, Magic and Miracles: HISTB231001

Professor Elly Truitt

An exploration of the history of health and disease, healing and medical practice in the medieval period, emphasizing Dar as-Islam and the Latin Christian West. Using methods from intellectual cultural and social history, themes include: theories of health and disease; varieties of medical practice; rationalities of various practices; views of the body and disease; medical practitioners. No previous course work in medieval history is required. This course is a writing intensive (W) course.





 Hormones & Behavior: BIOL 123 01

Professor Hiebert Burch

This course will focus on endocrine regulation of animal behaviors, including reproduction, aggression, stress, sickness, parental care, and seasonality, with an emphasis on critical reading of primary literature. Independent laboratory projects.


 Disease, Culture, and Society in the Modern World: Comparative Perspectives: HIST 066

Professor Diego Armus

Examine the ways scholars discuss certain diseases in specific places and periods. Topics include public health strategies in colonial and neocolonial contexts; disease metaphors in media, cinema, and literature; ideas about hygiene, segregation and contagion; outbreaks and the politics of blame; the medicalization of society; and alternative healing cultures.


There are many opportunities for Haverford students to get involved with health issues both on campus and off. Volunteer programs, student-run seminars, internships and externships all provide students with a chance to gain valuable experience in healthcare and health-related projects.



 Haverford ‘n Hospitals is a community service club run by the pre-health society for students interested in a medical career, the club assists with the application and placement process. Participants gain valuable first-hand experience in clinical settings


Lankenau Hospital

Bryn Mawr Hospital

Thomas Jefferson Hospital

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP)

Temple University Hospital

Puentes de Salud*

Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital (Camden, NJ)

*no application process needed


There will be a meeting held during the first weeks of the school year to sign up to volunteer at one of the above-mentioned Philadelphia or Main Line Area Hospitals.


Sedona Murphy:





A great way to study and engage in issues pertaining to health is through Haverford’s Center for Peace and Global Citizenship (CPGC). You can pursue a fully funded health internship that promotes social justice, either in the United States or abroad. Smaller research grants are available to pursue an in-depth interest in health over winter, spring, and fall breaks. The CPGC will also cover expenses for you to attend conferences that pertain to social justice and complement your academic and extracurricular interests. CPGC also brings in speakers on health and holds discussions throughout the year.

The CPGC is a fantastic resource for all students interested in issues of health as pertaining to social justice. It is time-intensive to apply for grants, so it is important to start the application process early. Although obtaining funding through CPGC takes time, it is well worth the effort in the end.



The Center for Peace and Global Citizenship extends Haverford’s long-standing commitment to social justice, working to help create a more just and peaceful world through research, education, and action. The Center encourages interdisciplinary collaboration and curricular innovation at Haverford, while pursuing broader initiatives beyond our campus. Both local and global in reach, the Center seeks to widen and deepen Haverford’s connections with social change organizations and to encourage an integrated approach to pressing social, cultural and ethical concerns. To achieve these goals, the Center sponsors and supports a range of initiatives that stand at the nexus of liberal learning, critical reflection and social action.

Summer Internships Program supports Freshman, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors to spend 4-10 weeks volunteering with and learning from social service agencies around the world, focusing on community outreach and integrating academic learning with practical experience through a plethora of options including: self-designed internships, organized program, organization partnerships, continuing connections internships, faculty-student partnerships, independent student research projects, and senior bridge internships.

Student Research Fund supports student research locally, domestically, or internationally that occurs over any of the four breaks (Fall, Winter, Spring, or Summer), or that occurs throughout the semester or year and intersects with the CPGC mission of furthering peace and social justice.

 Service Learning Fund supports individual and group service learning projects occurring domestically and internationally.

 Campus Events Fund supports individuals, partnerships or groups as they design, prepare for, and implement on-campus events.

Off-Campus Conferences and Workshops Fund supports individuals and groups of students to travel domestically or internationally to attend a conference, workshop, or training that engages in issues advancing peace and social justice.

Haverford House provides an urban post-graduate program for community living and service in Philadelphia, while strengthening our campus connections with the city.

Center Café serves as a meeting place for students, faculty and staff to gather and discuss local and global concerns. The café provides an informal environment with international news channels and publications, as well as a growing library dealing with issues of peace building, social justice, and environmental sustainability.

CPGC Blog: The CPGC has just recently added a blog that will give you information on local and regional events as well as national and international opportunities and their locations, times and purposes. You can also sign up to receive the CPGC’s companion e-newsletter, The Global Citizen Weekly, which will keep you in the loop of what’s going on with CPGC.

Center Sponsored Activities: These Center-sponsored programs take various forms: a semester-long seminar; a weekly discussion of current events; or a daylong symposium on a specific topic.  Regardless of the format, all are designed to expose members of the Haverford community to the key global issues of the day and to advance the College’s commitment to peace and social justice.




 The Social Medicine Seminar is a CPGC-sponsored program involving weekly discussions about health and social justice from international, domestic, anthropological, sociological, and biological perspectives. It is a program that students run and facilitate under the guidance of professors interested in health and biological issues. Every week, students read texts and books pertaining to health and social medicine and then discuss them. All book expenses are covered by CPGC. Students also have the opportunity to attend local conferences (also funded by CPGC), such as the Global Health Career Day at the University of Pennsylvania, and other larger conferences such as the Unite for Sight conference on global health, held every other year at Yale University. Applications for the seminar are available in the spring.

 Please see OR visit the CPGC office on the to the first floor of Stokes for more information





The Center for Career and Professional Advising is a wonderful resource for pre-health students. There are two programs of special interest, the extern program and internships, which are explained below.



Shadow bi-co alumni in their workplaces over part of winter break or spring break and get great exposure to the fields you are interested in pursuing as careers! There are normally many alumni in the health professions, from psychologists to pediatricians to surgeons to workers in nonprofit health organizations.  Information about the Winter Break Program will be available after Fall Break and details about the Spring Break Program will be available when students return in January. See CCPA for application details and deadlines.



CCPA has numerous listings of internships in many different valuable resources. Opportunities for the summer, school year, volunteer or paid can be found. Many of the resources are available online as well as in the Career Library in the offices (Stokes 300-HC and Campus Center 202-BMC).

Use as the gateway to the internship resources. Here you will find quick links to: our office’s online listing of internships which have been sent to our office; Internship USA,, Spotlight on Careers; helpful links to Health & Medical websites and internship listings sites, and much more



Have you been on the premed track for a long time but are now considering research or even a different career? There are students on Haverford and Bryn Mawr campuses who can help. Advisors can meet with you at scheduled times throughout the semester to perform initial resume reviews, direct you to the resources in the Career Library, and lead tours of the CCPA. Please contact the CCPA for more information.



The CCPA holds live workshops to instruct on writing a resume, interviewing, and applying to graduate school. These events take place throughout the year in the CPGC cafe. More information can be found under the ‘Events’ section of the CPGC website.




Kaplan offers review courses for Haverford students at a discount.  Haverford also provides financial aide to those students with demonstrated need.

For more information please contact Cheryl Mathes at


 There are six MCAT review books in the White Science Library that can be checked out by students.  Five are subject specific books (biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, physics and verbal reasoning) the sixth book provides MCAT test taking strategies and advice for the application process.


The following are student organizations at Haverford related to health, science and social justice. Those interested in joining should contact the person listed below through email.

 Haverford College

Haverford Pre-Health Society

The Pre-Health Society is for Haverford students who are interested in pursuing careers in the health field. We work closely with the Pre-Health Advisor Dr. Michele Taylor and Haverford Alumni’s Office. As a team, we work to provide opportunities for students to expand their knowledge in medicine and health-related issues.

Each year, the Society serves to connect students to health experts, mentors, and alumni through organized symposiums, workshops, and lectures.

For more information, please email


Psychology Club

The goal of the Psychology club is to provide a place for students who are interested in psychology to experience the field in a non-classroom setting. The psychology club offers various activities to accommodate students whose interests vary from a passing curiosity to a potential life’s work.

We hold weekly discussions of psychology in the popular press. We hire guest speakers to talk about their work in the field. We even have showings of psychology-related movies, ranging from drama, to psychological thriller, to comedy. On top of these activities, we are always looking for new ways to show the varied aspects of the field.

Abigail Novick:; Caitlin Ross:

Science Club

Educate. Integrate. Inspire. The Haverford Science Club was founded to promote interest in science in the Philadelphia area. Demonstrations include observational as well as hands-on experiences for elementary and middle school students. Presentations are flexible depending on the age of the students, with a range of topics presented in every demonstration.

Kevin Caulfield:

Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC)

The Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC) is a student run organization founded in the spring of 1984 with the aid of Student Council. Its purpose is to act as a liaison among students, student government, and student health services regarding issues which impact student health and to educate members of the Haverford community regarding health issues.

The Student Health Advisory Committee aims to promote healthy lifestyles, prevent injury and disease, and assure the safe delivery of quality health services to all Haverford College students. In pursuit of these objectives, the committee will inform the student body of existing community resources, involve them in the establishment of additional services, and enhance communication and the sharing of information between college health professionals and students. SHAC will report, as appropriate, to the student body on health policies, resources, priorities, and changed conditions. The committee, in conjunction with existing College resources, will make substance abuse, nutrition, sexual health, mental health, wellness, the spread of sickness, and access to medical care and vaccinations core parts of its agenda.

In addition to promoting talks and clinics held by the health center, we are in charge of the following specific events and programs:

-Bi-annual Red Cross Blood Drive

-Free condom distribution program

-Flu-prevention campaigns

-STD-prevention campaign

-Dining Center cookbook

-Health Fair participants

Grace Cheong:; Brandon Robilotti:


HaverMinds is devoted to promoting awareness and destigmatization of mental health issues among college students.

Allie Lake:; Arman Terzian:

The Beat Cancer Challenge

RACE for CACE is a signature “Prevent-Event” concept that can be hosted by as few as one person or an entire group of people in a team-oriented environment. The event can take place anywhere in the world. Participants race for any reason and raise money through their personal networks on and offline. All proceeds benefit

Navid Soroush:

Haverford College Women’s Center

The Haverford College Women’s Center is a safe, non-political space on campus that is open to both women and men. We’re here to provide a network of support, resources, and information to the Haverford community by organizing events geared toward a better understanding of issues of gender and sexuality, sexual practices and well-being, as well as women’s rights.

Our mission is to:

Assist those who are in need of help and support by answering questions and creating a caring and respectful environment in which community members can feel safe.

Break the silence surrounding rape and sexual assault at Haverford and throughout the world, to support survivors and victims, and to unite in moving towards a world free of rape and sexual assault.

Educate the college community on sex and sexuality, women’s and men’s health, as well as issues such as human rights and gender discrimination.

Celebrate all aspects of female sexuality (both body and mind) as well as the accomplishments of women within the Haverford community and throughout the world.

Cultivate a community that seeks to empower women and further enrich their experiences by maintaining a space that nurtures positive energy and offers information and support



8th Dimention

8th Dimension is Haverford’s Office of Community Service. We exist to provide community service opportunities to all members of the Haverford Community and to promote service and experiential learning as part of a well-rounded education. The events and programs we organize take three forms: Student Run Projects, Individual Placements and one-time Events & Workdays.


-Provide opportunities for Haverford and Bryn Mawr Students to become involved in the larger community.

-Ensure that a well-rounded education extends beyond the classroom and that active participation in one’s social concerns is the appropriate “eighth dimension” to the original seven dimensions of the Haverford curriculum.

-Support and facilitate both students-run projects and individual endeavors involved in community service.

-Provide the needed services to the greater Philadelphia area and beyond. Increase the awareness of the need for community service.

-Promote education through service and encouraging service learning.



Relay for Life

$26,300 – all to help bring cancer to an end.

This past April Haverford joined the ranks of many communities and colleges fighting cancer by hosting a Relay for Life on campus. Participants spent 12 hours together – 8 pm until 8 am – listening to music, playing games, and walking the indoor track to symbolize the long nights experienced by cancer patients and their caregivers and that cancer never sleeps. Teams of 10-15 people were asked to have at least one member walking at all times and during the course of the evening all 150 participants joined in for a survivor’s lap, a luminaria lap to honor friends and family who have had cancer, and a closing lap celebrating our accomplishments in the fight.

Prior to the event participants raised money by contacting friends and family or through their own team fundraisers, and at the end of the night our grand total was $26,300 raised, all of which went straight into the American Cancer Society’s research and awareness funds. Our total puts us in the running for “Relay for Life Rookie of the Year,” which would be a really exciting honor.

We are looking for new committee members to help us put together another great Relay and plan fundraisers and awareness events throughout the year. This includes orchestrating informational meetings on campus, collecting donations (especially food) for the event, and lining up activities for the event itself, in addition to planning all of the logistics for Relay and advertising the event on campus. This year we were a first time committee, and thus very small, and are really looking to grow! We meet once a week during the spring semester (time/day of the week will depend on what works best for our members) and every few weeks in the fall as well.

If you have any questions please contact and I’ll be happy to answer them. And if you are passionate about creating more birthdays in our world and eradicating cancer, we would love for you to join us in this great cause!

Courtney Knill:; Alyssa Mayo:


Street Outreach

Street Outreach meets each Wednesday night at 6:50 in the Dining Center to make and deliver sandwiches and soup to homeless people in Logan Circle, Philadelphia.

It’s a Student-Run Project of 8th Dimension, which means student volunteers organize and run it each year.  Through these Street Outreach stalwarts are passed down hilarious traditions years in the making, which means each email (and each van ride) is full of laughs.

Christy Tavernelli:; Aaron Buikema:

The Spectrum

The Spectrum is an after-school program designed to be accessible to children with autism. Local children with autism from the surrounding community come to Haverford once a week and our student interns design activities for them.

Greg Krause:



 Acting Without Boundaries

Volunteer/office assistant for theater program for kids with disabilities.

Contact: Kathleen Cloran (610-581-0100 ext. 240)

 AIDS Services In Asian Communities (ASIAC)

This is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing culturally sensitive and language appropriate HIV-related services to Asians and Pacific Islanders and their partners, friends, family members, and service providers in the Philadelphia area. Volunteers may assist in the office, translate AIDS information and educational literature, and help run special outreach activities at health fairs, community events, and other gatherings.

More information:

 Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation

Volunteer/office support with passion to help fight childhood cancer.

Contact: Jay Scott (610-649-3034)

 Coalition Against Hunger

Volunteer as food stamp advocate, administrative volunteer, and service learning opportunity.

Contact: 215-430-0555 or

 Project H.O.M.E.

Volunteer to help homeless by sharing a hobby, being a friend, preparing a meal, tutoring, or mentoring a student.

Contact: Erin O’Brien (215-232-7272 or

 Prevention Point:

This is Philadelphia’s only provider of sterile syringe exchange. Prevention Point’s mission is to “reduce the harm associated with drug use and sex industry work by offering a safe and humane alternative to the war on drugs.” Volunteer here and gain great experience working directly with clients.

More information:


Volunteer to help elderly residents of Lower Merion and Narberth continue to live independently.  Volunteers can provide transportation, work odd jobs around the house, or simply visit with seniors to keep them from feeling isolated in their own homes.  Contact Volunteer Director Beth Fast at 610-525-0706 or by email at

More information is available at


The American Red Cross offers many different certification courses in the Philadelphia area that you may take. Dates and locations of specific courses vary, but we have listed three that seem to be of particular interest.

To search courses:

 First Aid with CPR/AED Adult

Course fee: $79.00

Train lay responders to overcome any reluctance to act in emergency situations and to recognize and care for life-threatening respiratory or cardiac emergencies in adults. Provide the lay responder with the knowledge and skills necessary in an emergency to sustain life and to minimize pain and the consequences of injury or sudden illness until professional medical help arrives. Length: 3.5 hours.

First Aid with CPR Child & Infant:

Course fee: $79.00

Train individuals to become familiar with how to recognize and care for victims of illness and sudden injuries, to overcome any reluctance to act in emergency situations, and to recognize and care for life threatening respiratory or cardiac emergencies in infants and children. Length: 3.5 hours.

Lifeguard Training:

Course fee: $495.00

To teach participants the knowledge and skills needed to prevent and respond to aquatic emergencies. The course content and activities prepare participants to recognize and respond quickly and effectively to emergencies and prevent drowning and injuries. **Lifeguard training requires participants to pass certain exams, and has many sessions that are mandatory and take place over an extended period of time**



 The Mutter Museum

The Mutter Museum is an eye-catching, fun, and somewhat gruesome museum in downtown Philadelphia that contains a collection of body parts and medical objects dating back to 1858. These include: luid-preserved anatomical and pathological specimens; skeletal and dried specimens, medical instruments and apparati; anatomical and pathological models in plaster, wax, papier-mâché, and plastic; memorabilia of famous scientists and physicians; medical illustrations, photographs, prints, and portraits. The College of Physicians of Philadelphia sponsors the Museum.

Address: 19 South 22nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103-3097


The Franklin Institute

The Institute holds a variety of science related exhibits including “The Giant Heart.”  The Institute also has an IMAX theatre that shows a variety of educational films during the day


Address: 222 North 20th Street Philadelphia, PA 19103-1190


Listed below are annually run events that students interested in health may want to attend. Be on the lookout for more information as it comes throughout the year.



Where: Haverford College

When: End of November (coincides with World AIDS Day on December 1st)

Description: A week coordinated by the AIDS Student Network (ASN) that includes panel discussions on the epidemic in the youth population. Additionally, panels of the AIDS Quilt are displayed in Founders Great Hall.



Where: University of Pennsylvania

When: Late March

Description: A full day of panel discussions that highlights multidisciplinary, collaborative, and sustainable global health strategies. There is also a panel about various career opportunities in global health. (Registration is required beforehand, usually available online at

Transportation: Full reimbursement provided by Haverford’s Pre-Health Society.



Where: Greater Philadelphia area

When: Mid-October

Description: Bring your energy, your passion, your stories, your humor and your fashion sense to the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure™! More than just 60 miles over a long weekend, the Komen 3-Day for the Cure is a months-long journey out of the everyday.



Where: Yale University

When: A weekend in April

Description: 5th Annual International Health Conference including 180 expert speakers in international health and development, public health, eye care, medicine, social entrepreneurship, nonprofits, philanthropy, microfinance, human rights, anthropology, health policy, advocacy, public service, environmental health, and education.

Past keynote speakers have included Dr. Jeffrey Sachs, Dr. Sonia Sachs, Dr. Susan Blumenthal, Dr. Jim Yong Kim, and Dr. Allan Rosenfield. Online registration required at website (click on Global Conference link)

Transportation: Partial funding provided by Haverford’s Pre-Health Society.


**Additional conferences and public health events can be found at the American Public Health Association’s website:


For any questions regarding the Pre-Health Society, shoot us an email at

For other subject-specific questions, please contact the following advisors:

Michele Taylor
Official Pre-Health advisor for Haverford
College. Students interested in pursuing a
pre-health profession should schedule an
appointment to discuss career goals and
create a course schedule.

Cheryl Mathes
Pre-Health Office secretary. All
appointments with Michele Taylor should
be scheduled through Cheryl.

Andrea Morris
Pre-Medical and Neural and Behavioral
Sciences (NBS) Advisor.

Jenni Punt
Pre-Veterinary and Immunology Advisor.

Fran Blasé
Pre-Medical Advisor.

Kaye Edwards
Public Health Advisor.

Jeff Tecosky-Feldman
Pre-Medical Advisor for minority students
in science.

Wendy Sternburg
Neural and Behavioral Sciences (NBS)