Health Professions - Student Organizations

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American Medical Student Association

Mission statement: The purpose of this organization shall be to 1) support the creative ideas of physicians-in-training, 2) surround our pre-medical members with like-minded individuals on similar career paths, 3) enhance the quality of healthcare in the community through volunteer programs, and 4) increase exposure to common healthcare issues and the different career paths in the field of medicine. 

California Health Professional Student Alliance (CaHPSA)

Mission statement: CaHPSA is a healthcare and political advocacy organization that aims to cultivate leadership skills to effect change in our healthcare system. Our goal is to provide high-quality, accessible, and guaranteed healthcare for everyone. (Click the organization title for more info.)

Doctors Without Borders

Mission statement: The purpose of this organization shall be to create opportunities for UCSB students, faculty, and staff to learn about, support, fundraise, and advocate for the work of the non-profit organization, Doctors Without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières. As well, we hope to inspire students to pursue humanitarian work after graduation.


Mission statement: We are Envision, UCSB's only pre-optometry organization on campus.  As a student-run club, we are dedicated to serving students interested in entering the field of optometry. Our goal as an organization is to spread the word about the diverse and vast field of optometry, as well as provide the tools necessary to succeed and advance to optometry school. (Click the organization title for more info.)

Floating Doctors

Mission statement: Floating Doctors was founded by UCSB alum Dr. Ben LaBrot who remains the current CEO. This organization, based in Panama, works to reduce the present and future burden of disease in the developing world, and to promote improvements in healthcare delivery worldwide.

Health Guardians of America (HGA)

Mission statement: We are a group of college students passionate about pressing public health issue, general healthy living, and physical fitness. We are firm believers in this cause and excited in promoting this in the general and at-risk populations. We provide personalized programs for young adults to promote healthy living and educate personal fitness. Health Guardians of America is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that operates the FitLife program securely and safely. The development and maintenance of the health program is managed by professional developers in Silicon Valley. Founded by medical students from Berkeley, Columbia, and UCSF, the organization strives to contribute to combatting the national obesity epidemic leading to diabetes and heart disease with innovative solutions. The health organization was established circa 2011 in Berkeley, California. (Click the organization title for more info.)

Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA)

Mission statement: The mission of HOSA is to empower HOSA-Future Health Professionals to become leaders in the global health community by providing opportunities for knowledge, skill, and leadership development of all health science education students. (Click the organization title for more info.)

Health Professions Association (HPA)

Mission statement: The Health Professions Association is here at UCSB to ensure that those seeking a career in the health professions will have all the resources to reach their goals. We have regular meetings throughout the quarter, inviting a wide range of speakers ranging from medical and professional school admission officers, to practicing health professionals, to internship opportunities. Membership is open to everyone. Please seek us out and use all of our resources available to you. If you are thinking about pursuing a career in the health professional field, HPA is the organization for you. Whether you are interested in medicine, dentistry, physician's assistant school, nursing, pharmacy, public health, or anything health related we are here to help you! (Click the organization title for more info.)

Los Curanderos

Mission statement: Los Curanderos is a pre-health organization established in the 1970’s. We are dedicated to helping underserved communities and underrepresented students through community service and social activism. We aim to diversify the health field and inform students of the many opportunities there are to thrive in the medical field. It is a student-run organization, and we also serve as a support group. During our weekly meetings, health professionals serve as guest speakers and literature on professional schools is provided. We strive to give back to the community by participating in community service events. Other events include blood drives, medical school conferences, and our own annual “Healing Our Communities” conference. (Click the organization title for more info.)


Mission statement: Our mission is to build a worldwide movement empowering the poor in their fight for equal access to healthcare, education and a safe home.” Poverty is the sad reality for a large portion of the world’s population, and it is a multi-dimensional problem that must be approached as such. Thus, MEDLIFE’s mission to empower the poor is accomplished via three routes: Medicine, Education, and Community Development. (Click the organization title for more info.)

Mu Delta Fraternity

Mission statement: The mission of Mu Delta Medical Fraternity is to establish a brotherhood among men who wish to become medical doctors, to increase the chance that these men will be accepted to a school of medicine after graduation, and to promote leadership, excellence, service, and ethics that extend throughout the lives of the members of this fraternity and into their communities.  (Click the organization title for more info.)

Phi Delta Epsilon Fraternity

Mission statement: Phi Delta Epsilon International Medical Fraternity creates physicians of integrity with a lifelong commitment to our guiding principles of philanthropy, deity, and education through fellowship, service, mentoring, and formal training in leadership, science, and ethics. (Click the organization title for more info.)

Pre-Dental Organization

Mission statement: The UCSB Pre-Dental Organization (PDO) is a club for pre-dental or interested students who want to find out about the field of dentistry and what it takes to get into dental school. We take trips to tour dental schools, meet local dentists, get DAT testing advice, interact with other students with similar interests and goals, fundraise for underserved dentistry, and get involved with volunteering in our community. (Click the organization title for more info.)

Pre-Medical Society

Mission statement: The Pre-Medical Societys is meant to provoke Hospital volunteering and medical shadowing for premedical students or otherwise to benefit the community and to develop the participants’ understanding of the medical field. Our organization is centered around holding premed students accountable and providing a community that can make volunteering more enjoyable. We also provide feedback as to which organizations were most enjoyable and those that we felt gave us the most experience. (Click the organization title for more info.)

Pre-Pharmacy Association

Mission statement: UCSB Pre-Pharmacy Student Association (PPSA) is the only pre-pharmacy organization on campus. We are a student-run organization with the purpose of exposing the UCSB community to the wide range of fields available within pharmacy. PPSA is dedicated to helping Gauchos prepare for the transition from UCSB to a professional career, as a student or otherwise. We are not exclusively for pre-pharmacy students—whether you are planning to attend pharmacy school or are still undecided about the field, we are here to serve all UCSB students and provide the resources necessary for you to succeed. (Click the organization title for more info.)

Pre-Physician Assistant

Mission statement: The UCSB Pre-Physician Assistant Association (PPAA) is for Pre-PA students and interested individuals who want to learn about the profession. (Click the organization title for more info.)

Pre-Veterinary Medical Association

Mission statement: The UCSB PVMA strives to be an accessible resource for interested students in the competitive and fascinating field of veterinary medicine through talks with veterinary professionals and animal handling opportunities. (Click the organization title for more info.)

Rho Psi Eta

Mission statement: Rho Psi Eta is a pre-health academic sorority founded in 2007 at the University of California, Santa Barbara. By embracing and upholding academic integrity, community service, and sisterhood, we strive to help women pursue their interests and goals in the health professions. (Click the organization title for more info.)

Society of Undergraduate Biologists (SUB)

Mission statement:  1) To promote Biological Sciences by creating peer and professor relationships, community involvement, and education outreach.  2) To create a social community among peers interested in biology in order to learn about biology in new and fun environments and to expand on biology topics outside of the classroom. 3) To act as a liaison to resources for students such as how to explore career options, graduate school processes, and research opportunities in order to facilitate the process to graduation. (Click the organization title for more info.)

Street Health Outreach (SHO)

Mission statement: Street Health Outreach (SHO) is a UCSB campus organization dedicated to providing basic care to the houseless communities of Santa Barbara County, principally those in Isla Vista, and assisting other community organizations in improving the health of those living on streets and in shelters. We believe that keeping our local houseless population healthy is fundamental to the well-being of the entire community, and we do our part in supporting them by doing outreach on weekend mornings.  (Click the organization title for more info.)

Student Osteopathic Medical Association (Pre-SOMA)

Mission statement: Pre-SOMA is the undergraduate division of the Student Osteopatchic Medical Association (SOMA), a national organization of students pursing a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Degree. Pre-SOMA is a way for pre-medical students to become a part of this community before getting into medical school and help students decide if osteopathic medicine is for them. Pre-SOMA gives you the opportunity to attend OMM workshops and network with current osteopathic medical school students and access to attend four national events annually. (Click the organization title for more info.)

Transfer Pre-Health Association

Mission statement: This program is designed specifically for transfer students aspiring to have a career in the health field. We aim to quickly integrate transfer students into UCSB while also showing them the many opportunities and resources available to them at this school as pre-health students. We also want to create a sense of community around transfer students so that they can support each other. We understand that transfers only have a limited time at the university, so we aim to quickly put transfers in a position where they can make an impact in our community. (Click the organization title for more info.)