Health Professions Program - Carnegie Mellon University

Health Professions Program

Are you interested in pursuing a graduate degree in the health professions? Preparing for a career in any of the health professions requires effort and careful planning, and the Health Professions Program (HPP) at Carnegie Mellon is here to help. From exploring your interests and selecting courses to finding opportunities for engaging with health professionals and patients, the HPP advisor will assist you every step of the way.

The HPP is an optional service that is open to all Carnegie Mellon community members—students at all years from all departments and colleges as well as alumni—interested in pursuing a graduate degree in the health professions. Enroll in the HPP to get connected to an experienced guide who will help you on your journey to a career in the health professions.

Featured Stories

August 2017: How the arts and humanities can create more well-rounded clinicians?

AAMC NEWS: Stories for pre-health students

  1. Compassion Fatigue: The Toll of Being a Care Provider
  2. New Hospital Design Focuses on Safety, Patient Experience
  3. Bringing Medical Help to Rural Areas Overwhelmed by Opioid Abuse
  4. How many Residency Applications?

April, 2015

Medical Schools Reboot For 21st Century: thinking about attending medical school?  Well, top medical schools are rethinking the way they educate future physicians. Amidst the vast knowledge base in science and medicine, medical schools are targeting skills such as communication skills, critical thinking, working in teams, ultimately moving away from the "two plus two" model put forth by medical school pioneer and educator Abraham Flexner in the early 1900's.

March, 2015

By 2025, the nation will face a shortage of between 46,000-90,000 physicians.  Read the AAMC report entitled, “New Physician Workforce Projections Show the Doctor Shortage Remains Significant."

January, 2015

How do I Prepare for the MCAT2015 Exam?  If you are a pre-medical student and want to learn about how to prepare for the new 2015 MCAT, please start by doing some research at these sites.  There is a lot of useful and very important information about timing, registation, content, cost, and differences from the old version.

The MCAT2015 & FAQs about the new MCAT

January 1, 2015

AOA & AACOM Join the ACGME - the next step in unifying MD and DO residency programs.

October 9, 2014

Is this what you expected? First-years’ candid thoughts on med school - Read about what first year medical students really think about year one.

September 30, 2014

Health Professions Benefit When Admission Offices Look Beyond Grades - A review of a recent study looking at the impact of holistic review in medical school application review.  Access the study report.

July 28, 2014

Bottlenecks in Training Doctors: an editorail published in The New York Times highlights the nationwide shortage of doctors—from primary care physicians to specialists—that will continue to worsen in the coming years.

July 21, 2014

AACOM Statement on AOA House of Delegates Vote to Support Single GME Accreditation System.  Projected to be effective July 2020, DO and MD granting medical schools, hospitals, and community health centers are developing a single standard for residency program training.  This action will further unify the medical profession, making the transition to residency training more seamless.  Read the full statement.

July 17, 2014

Is a Post-baccalaureate Program for You?  Learn more about the different types of programs that college graduates are pursuing in order to strengthen their applications to graduate programs in the health sciences.

Part 1: What Are Post-baccalaureate Programs?

Part 2: Which Post-baccalaureate program is right for me?

Thinking about PA programs?  Here is an article that provides perspective into the life of a physician assistant.

April 18, 2014: WESA 90.5 FM - A Holistic Approach to Global Health and Development

Essential Pittsburgh: Global Medical Brigades

Featuring CMU Sophomore Nicole Huang and Senior Nick Zuniga.

December 2013: AAMC Report

A Word From the President: Facing the Facts About the Physician Shortage

Friday, August 16, 2013

HPP Welcomes New Director, Jason D’Antonio

Jason D'AntonioThe Health Professions Program is pleased to introduce our new director, Jason D’Antonio, Ph.D..


Friday, April 15, 2013

Carnegie Mellon Students Help To Transform Honduran Village

Global Public Health BrigadeAmy Hung is amazed at what three days of work can do. She and ten of her fellow Carnegie Mellon students toiled in the tiny mountain village of El Jute, Honduras, building latrines, mixing concrete for floors and assembling eco-stoves. Their goal? Helping two families improve their living conditions and avoid diseases like parasite infections and respiratory illnesses.


Friday, March 29, 2013

Dr. Kristen Goodell Shares Her Story with HPP Students

Dr. Kristen GoodellPrimary care physician Dr. Kristen Goodell candidly spoke with HPP students Thursday evening about everything from life as a med student to dealing with difficult patients and balancing a busy career with a family.


Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Global Medical Brigades Spend Spring Break in Honduras

wendCarnegie Mellon chapter of Global Medical Brigades conducted a 3-day mobile clinic in Pajarillos, an under-resourced community in rural Honduras.  The CMU students worked alongside four physicians, one dentist, and one pharmacist at the mobile clinic, which they set up in a church and attending to a patient nearby buildings.


Tuesday, November 30, 2010

HPP Students Featured in Science Connection Magazine

kilpWhen Ashley Kilp walked through the small mountain village of Korbo Odumasi, Ghana, a familiar refrain followed her: “Obroni! Obroni!”Loosely translated as “foreigner,” or more accurately, a white person, obronis stand out in the West African nation, especially in remote villages like Korbo Odumasi. Earlier that day, Kilp traveled three hours from the capital city of Accra to the village, where she found a line of people waiting for her and the rest of the team from the Crystal Eye Clinic.


Pre-health student groups:

Global Medical Brigades blog

Global Public Health Brigades

Doctors of Carnegie Society

Minority Association of Pre-Heatlh Students


CMU Global Medical Brigades travels to Panama, March 2016, for their annual medical mission trip that was a lot more than just bringing medical care to underserved people.  Read more about their experience in Panama.

Other Profiles

hpp spotlight


Jason M. D'Antonio, Ph.D.

Director, Health Professions Program

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