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Pre-Health DeCal

This course listing applies to a Spring 2016 course. To find current courses, check out the Find a Course page.

Spring 2016
Public Health 98
2 Unit(s)

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About the Course:


This course is designed to help students at Cal gain a well-rounded insight into the possible pre-health professions you can pursue as an undergrad through a survey of the health professions through lecture presentations and speakers. We plan to devote certain weeks of the semester going over the application process, professional school years, and careers of each specialty to help students gain insight into each field. We also seek to help students become successful applicants to each school through guidance through the Cal curriculum and possible extracurriculars such as research, shadowing opportunities, volunteering, mentorship, and more.


We will spend approximately two weeks per pre-health field. The pre-health fields we will be covering includes Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Nursing, and Optometry. For the remaining weeks, we will cover Alternative Health careers as well as test prep (MCAT, DAT, OAT, GRE, etc) Class time will be divided between lectures, guest speakers, and discussions.


* To learn how to successfully find and apply for extracurricular activities that would enrich the experience of a pre-health student

* To gain the insights and perspectives of professionals and students from all the fields surveyed


* Homework assignment for each of the professions (turn in 5 out of the 6 assignments)

* Semester check-in: one on one mentorship once a semester

* No midterm/ final


For any course related questions, please email us at We will get back to you as soon as we can. Please read our description and frequently asked questions before submitting your questions.


What is the difference between Pre-Health Decal and Pre-Med 101?

The Pre-Health Decal covers a broad range of health careers (Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Nursing, and Optometry) while Pre-Med 101 focuses on only medicine.

How is this class graded?

Pass/No Pass, 2 units

Why can't I enroll on telebears?

After inputting the CCN, make sure to change the grading policy from "Letter Grade" to "Pass/No Pass."

What is your attendance policy?

We allow a maximum of 2 unexcused absences. Absences due to exams that are emailed in 24 hours in advance are considered excused. The first and last day of class is mandatory.

What if I am on the waiting list?

A lot of students change their schedule during the adjustment period as well as the first few weeks of school. Even if you are on the waitlist, make sure to attend the first day of class. We will be processing through the waitlist automatically. However, if you are unable to be waitlisted in, we do offer the Pre-Health Decal course in the Fall!

How to Enroll:

CCN 75833

This CCN is currently restricted to junior and senior standing only. We are currently working to get this restriction removed. If you are interested in taking the course but have a freshman or sophomore standing, please email us at We will provide for your an alternative CCN.

Course Contact: AT, jennifershieh AT


Faculty Sponsor: Dr. John Swartzberg

Time & Location:

Pre-Health DecalJennifer Shieh
Jami Wang
60102 WursterTh 6p-7:30p1/28fullTBA (lower)
75833 (upper)

Uploaded Files:

Syllabus: Spring 2016 PreHealth DeCal Syllabus (tentative).docxDec 739kbWord Doc (Viewer)View Download

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