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The Role of PPH Advising

As a Pre-Professional Health student, you have an academic advising team! At minimum, you have two advisors. One advisor for your major and another advisor for your Pre-Professional Health (PPH) Minor. If you have additional majors, minors, or are a varsity student-athlete, then you will have additional advisors. Your advisor for each academic program will serve as a resource to help you with academic planning and decision-making regarding the declared academic program to which they are assigned as your advisor.

Advising for students planning to apply to graduate professional health programs involves more than just picking courses. PPH Advisors help students with planning service opportuntities, the required standardized tests, program selection, and the application processes.

Sharon Babcock, PhD


Director of Pre-Professional Health Advising 

Pre-Medicine and Pre-Dentistry 

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Katie Fisher, MS


Pre-Professional Health Advisor

Pre-Medicine, Pre-PA, and Pre-Vet Med

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Louise Gilchrist, PT, PhD


Pre-Professional Health Advisor

Pre-PT and Pre-OT

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Jennifer Harmison


Adminstrative Assistant


Dr. Jeff Andre

Pre-Professional Health Advisor

Pre-Optometry Advisor 

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Mary Hildebrand, RPh

Pre-Professional Health Advisor

Pre-Pharmacy Advisor 

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Madison Advising Peers (MAPs)

In addition to academic advisors of record, JMU also has peer advisors that are part of your advising team. MAPs are fellow students that work in conjunction with faculty advisors to provide supplemental academic advising information and assist JMU undergraduate students who have general advising questions. The MAPs that specialize in supporting PPH students are located within PPH Advising (Roop Hall G24) and provide drop-in advising (a.k.a. no appointment needed!) during the fall and spring semesters. 

MAPs Spring 2020 Hours

Chat with a MAP!

The PPH MAPs are now offering advising via Google Hangout! Start a Hangout conversation by messaging during one of the below chat times. Once you send the message invite, one of the MAPs will accept and then the conversation will open. 


10:00 AM - 3:00 PM 


12:00 PM - 3:00 PM


10:00 AM - 1:00 PM


10:00 AM - 12:00 PM


9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Rebekah Jones


Major: Communication Sciences and Disorders; Senior

Minor(s): Honors

Activities: Tresurer of National Student Speech-Language Hearing Association, Madison Honors Leadership Council

Madalyn Ferlazzo


Major: Biology; Senior

Minor(s): Honors; Pre-Medicine

Activities: JMU Frog, Resident Advisor, Saferides


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