Health Professions LLC FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions: Health Professions LLC

What majors are common among pre-health students?

Although students may select any field of study, the majors most commonly met with in this community include community health, molecular and cellular biology, psychology, nursing, kinesiology, chemistry, and integrative biology.

(Pre-med students: Did you know that medical schools strongly encourage their students to have a non-science degree too?)

What will I learn from the HPLLC? How will I benefit?

Students will develop leadership, communication, and organizational skills as HP offer many activities and programs for student involvement. These include event organization, professional outreach, conference participation (particularly the annual Health Professions Conference), and fundraising. 

Students will also benefit from being a part of a diverse student body, as scholars taking part in HP come from different racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds. This experience of being immersed in a culture of difference is essential for the development of young health professionals as they will most surely encounter diverse patients and colleagues in their future work. 

Students will learn how to reach out to local hospitals and medical professionals for shadowing, internships, and volunteering opportunities. This is important since professional schools want their applicants to have clinical-related experience. 

Students are eligible to apply for a research program offered by professors for all Living-Learning Communities. More information can be found at the “Researchers Initiative” tab or by contacting Lydia Khuri (Urbana South LLC program director) at mkhuri@illinois.edu.

Non-traditional pre-health students will benefit because at least one peer leader or staff member has approached or is approaching his or her studies in a non-traditional way. What we mean by this is that it is very common for students to graduate from high school, attend college right after, and finally apply to a professional school. However, there are students who rather, for example, join the military first for financial assistance or experience (enlisting or officer training through ROTC) or join the Peace Corps then apply to a professional school. 

How can I be involved?

In addition to attending the HP Orientation the week before fall semester starts, you can participate in programs offered by HP, take one of the courses, apply to the Researchers Initiative, or plan a program of your own! While there is often an atmosphere of competition among pre-health professionals, HP strives to create a sense of cooperative and caring community for the residents. As future health professionals, caring and compassion are very important both for the self and for the patient receiving care. Long-lasting friendships can be easily made by offering help with homework, cleaning, personal struggles, or anything that other students need.

Will I have a chance to explore my own interests and hobbies too?

Of course! We do not want our students to be so heavily focused toward studies and resume building that they have no time for other important facets of their lives. We want our students to enjoy the college experience and seek self-improvement/ motivation. This is achieved by pursuing personal hobbies such as art, sports, and music. Students who are well-rounded and have high grades and test scores are more likely to be admitted to a graduate or a professional school.