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Curriculum Information

PHPB is a structured two-year program. Science courses are taken in sections just for students in the PHPB cohort. Courses are offered once per year.

Students in PHPB are expected to take rigorous courses loads, as defined by professional schools, of two sciences and 15- 18 credits per semester to demonstrate the ability to do the course loads required in healthcare professional schools.

There are additional required courses unique to PHPB to assist with gaining diversity in knowledge and skills required for professional preparation. All students in PHPB are required to take these courses.

Once admitted, an individualized academic plan is completed for each student considering both the profession being pursued and previously completed courses. The student will work with the Director to finalize the PHPB academic plan, sign it and return it to PHPB. This is the schedule the student will be expected to follow while in PHPB.

All courses five or more years old, with less than a B and/or not taken at the university level, need to be retaken in PHPB.

Other courses required for professional schools, not offered as part of PHPB including Microbiology (MCB3020/L), Human Anatomy (APK2100C), and/or Human Physiology (APK2105C) may be taken after completion of PHPB. There are some alternative options for these courses. There is no guarantee these courses can be taken at UF.


The University of Florida’s PHPB program allowed me to achieve my goal of attending medical school. As a Career Changer, the streamlined curriculum made it easy to complete the necessary prerequisites in a timely and cost-efficient manner. With the help of knowledgeable professors, along with the provided tutoring and testing resources, I was able to score in the 99th percentile on the MCAT. Furthermore, advisor support and professional development workshops helped me grow into a well-rounded, and competitive applicant. The PHPB program provided the foundation on which I will build my medical career for years to come.Thank you for the opportunities you have given me!

Sylvia Tsang
2016 PHPB Cohort


PHPB Pre-Requisite Required Courses

All students are admitted to PHPB conditionally pending completion of:

MAC1147 Pre-Calculus and CHM1025 Intro to Chemistry or pre-approved equivalents with grades of Bs or above.

  • Your ‘Offer of Admission’ will indicate admission conditions.
  • If admitted as a ‘Career Changer’ these courses may be taken at any institution with prior approval of equivalent courses.  Please talk with the Director for pre-approval of equivalencies. Taking these at the university level is recommended.
  • If admitted as a ReStart student, these courses must be taken at UF.
  • UF offers these courses bot online or in-residence enrollment.
  • Taking these at UF will provide the best preparation for taking PHPB chemistry and math courses.
  • Please contact PHPB for more information.

Academic Curriculum**

Fall 1

CHM2045Gen. Chemistry 13
BSC2010Principles of Biology 13
ISC2400LX-Lab 13
IDS4930Pre-Health Seminar2
Total Semester Hours14

Spring 1

CHM2046Gen. Chemistry 23
BSC2011Principles of Biology 23
SYG2000Principles of Sociology3
ISC2401LX-Lab 23
Total Semester Hours15

Summer 1

CHM2210Organic Chemistry 13
PHY2053Physics 14
Total Semester Hours7

Fall 2

CHM2211Organic Chemistry 23
PHY2054Physics 24
MAC2311Calculus 1 (elective) or Elective3-4
IDS4930Innovations in Healthcare3
Total Semester Hours16-17

Spring 2

CHM2211LOrganic Chemistry Lab2
IDS4930Health Equity Here & Abroad3
Entrance Exam PrepEntrance Exam Prep — Self Paced0
Total Semester Hours13
Total Credit Hours65-66

**PHPB offers all pre-requisites courses for medical school application. Any courses not offered as part of PHPB are taken after completion of PHPB at another institution. Anatomy, Physiology and Microbiology are not offered via PHPB.

  • Pre-Health Seminar — 2 credits
  • The PHPB seminar seeks to explore some of the humanistic issues related to patients, professions and the self. Our purpose is to recognize and encompass the concepts of basic dignity afforded to all we seek to care for. The seminar utilizes narratives, case studies, media, the arts, and guest speakers to examine the human story in its interaction with healthcare. The goal of this class is to provide insights into the perspectives of patients and providers as they relate to issues such as culture, hope, uncertainty, death and dying. Students will be invited to read, think, and create to expand their understanding of how social, medical and humanistic realities shape world views, relationships and decision making.

  • Innovations in Healthcare — 3 credits
  • Students explore and practice steps in the design thinking process and problem solving as it relates to healthcare and its settings in the community. You will develop skills as ethnographers, visual thinkers, strategists, and storytellers through a hybrid of discussions and collaborative projects. Students are placed in community settings to identify and create solutions to an organization’s issues.

  • Bioethics — 3 credits
  • Medical Bioethics provides students with a very intensive review of the dynamic field of bioethics in the areas of medical practice and research. This course offers students the opportunity to learn about many biomedical ethics issues and the impact of these issues in medicine and research.

  • Health Equity in the U.S. and Abroad — 3 credits
  • This course is designed to introduce students to the various factors influencing human health conditions around the world. Current global health topics and country or region specific health issues will be the focus of the course.

  • Genetics and Health — 0 credits
  • PHPB students have the opportunity to attend, at no charge, (no credits earned) the UF, College of Medicine, BMS6003 Genetics and Health course coordinated by Dr. Brian Harfe. Dr. Harfe graciously invites PHPB cohorts to attend the class during fall semester so students get a sense of the excellence awaiting students at UF. The BMS6003 Genetics and Health course is the first course that 1st Year Medical students take during their training.


There is access to select electives through the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and UF College of Medicine.