COVID-19 Updates

Updates from the Pre-Health Student Resource Center

Even today, the challenges presented by COVID-19 continue to change rapidly. We want you to know that the top priority of the Pre-Health Student Resource Center and the University of Minnesota is the health, safety, and well-being of our community.

At this time, the PHSRC is operating remotely. Please read more details below about how we continue to provide services to students and work with our campus partners. 

In an effort to mitigate the risk of exposure to our students and staff, along with the larger UMN community, we are taking the following steps:

  • COURSES: We will be teaching our Summer 2020 courses, AHS 1102 and AHS 2707, through online instruction. Our spring in-person courses, AHS 1101, AHS 1601, AHS 1901, and AHS 2400, were completed through online or alternate instruction, following University guidance
  • EVENTS: All PHSRC sponsored events between March 16 and June 30 have been cancelled or postponed, following University guidance. All events after that point are yet to be determined. 
  • APPOINTMENTS: We continue to have regular meetings with students. All of our career counselor appointments have shifted to to virtual or phone appointments, and we are communicating with students who are reaching out to make appointments with our staff.
  • DROP IN / QUESTIONS: As with most of campus, our office will be physically closed the foreseeable future. We are still available to answer your questions via phone and email, with email being the preferred method. If you do choose to call and leave us a voicemail, please be sure to leave your phone number or email address as part of that message (again, email being the preferred method of communication). 

Health Professional School Application Updates: Our staff is actively researching the impact that this is having on this year's application cycle to health professional programs - test dates cancellations, deadlines, etc. We are developing FAQs and will share this information as best we can in the coming months. 

One timely issue is related to the UMN policy change allowing students to switch Spring and Summer 2020 courses to S/N (pass/fail), and how this impacts previously stated policies regarding prerequities to health professional programs. Read more about this on our Prerequisites page

We want to stress that we are still here to support students in their exploration of health careers and preparation for application! We welcome students to email (phsrc@umn.edu) or call us (612-624-6767) with questions during this time, or schedule a virtual or phone appointment with a career counselor. Email is the preferred method of communication at this time, as all our staff are working remotely. If you do call, you will need to leave a voicemail - please include a phone number or email address in your voicemail so we can reach out to you. 

We will be continuing to assess these decisions and follow guidance from University of Minnesota leadership and the MN Department of Health. We will update this page, our Facebook, and our Twitter with any changes. 

The best up-to-date resource for UMN system-wide information on COVID-19 updates and action, including University FAQs and messages from UMN leadership, can be found on the Safe Campus website.

We encourage you to keep up healthy behaviors that prevent COVID-19 and other illnesses, including good-handwashing, covering your mouth when you sneeze or cough, and in particular, staying home when you are feeling unwell.

Please reach out to us with your questions and concerns. If you need support during these uncertain times, please reach out to one of the on campus resources for Student Mental Health. More resources, including information for staff and for each system campus are found on this FAQ page. We appreciate your flexibility and understanding as we all move through these turbulent times.

Updated 5/13/2020