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 

Schedule Appointment

Katie Fisher, MS


Pre-Professional Health Advisor

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

Louise Gilchrist, PT, PhD


Pre-Professional Health Advisor

Pre-AT, Pre-PT, and Pre-OT

Mary Hildebrand, RPh


Pre-Professional Health Advisor

Pre-Pharmacy Advisor 

Schedule Appointment

Jennifer Harmison


Adminstrative Assistant


Dr. Jeff Andre

Pre-Professional Health Advisor

Pre-Optometry 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. 

How to Chat with a MAP, virtually!

  1. Sign up ANY time using the links found below on the Fall 2021 MAP Drop In Hours.
  2. After submitting a request to meet, you will immediately receive an email with the Zoom meeting ID.
  3. When you’re ready, log in to the virtual “waiting room” and the available MAP will begin the session.  
  4. If you are in the waiting room for longer than a minute, it may be that the MAP is wrapping up a previous session – hang tight!
Fall 2021 Drop-In Hours

PPH MAPs are available via email! Send your question(s) to and a MAP will respond during their available advising hours (posted below). 

To schedule a Zoom meeting, please select the time frame of your choice, you will then be directed to an external appointment link. 

Fall 2021 MAP Hours - Coming Soon!






Dorcas Owusu


Year: Senior

Major: Health Science

Minor: Pre-Optometry 

Hobbies: President of the Pre-Optometry Club and dancer for Le Dukettes De L’Afrique

Hannah Johnson


Year: Sophomore 

Major: Kinesiology, PHETE Concentration 

Minors: Exceptional Education, Non-Teaching

Hobbies: Phi Epsilon Kappa, Overcoming Barriers

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