Health Science Honors Program


The UC Santa Barbara Health Science Honors Program is a component of the College of Letters and Science Honors Program specifically for students interested in the health professions. HSHP assists students as they explore and prepare health careers by providing:

-Dedicated pre-health academic advising
-Dedicated career, application, and admissions advising and mentoring
-Health Science Honors Seminars led by faculty and health care professionals
-University sanctioned clinical internships and shadowing
-Health science related research opportunities.


Academic Advising

Rob Larocco ( is the academic advisor for the Health Science Honors Program. Rob, a member of the Letters and Science health professions advising team, assists students as they consider course selection and scheduling. Students may also meet with Rob to consider choices about majors and minors and to discuss any other academic concerns.

Health Science Honors students should also take advantage of the resources that they will find on the Letters and Science Health Sciences website. The website features advice for students considering a wide range of health professions and has information about volunteering and internships as well as health-related student organizations.

Career Advising and Mentoring

Dr. Stephen Blain ( is the director of the Health Sciences Program at UCSB and a Clinical Professor Emeritus in the School of Dentistry at the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Blain assists students as they explore health science careers and serves as a mentor, supporting them during the application process.

To schedule a career, application, or admissions advising appointment with Dr. Blain, please call (805) 893-2038, make an appointment in person at 1117 Cheadle Hall, or visit the appointment link here:

Please visit our new Health Science Advising website for more information on student organizations, recommended Honors courses and seminars, clinical opportunities, and much more!


Visit the Honors Program requirements page for information.

The Health Science Scholars Commendation

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Contact Us

Email Rob Larocco at  Rob is available for walk-in advising on Wednesdays from 1:00-3:00pm during the summer.

Email Dr. Stephen Blain at or call 893-2038 to schedule a career, application, or admissions advising appointment.

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