Health Professions Advisory Committee

To assist students in deciding what career they wish to pursue, SSU's Health Professions Advisory Program has a Committee whose members act as advisors. The Health Professions Advisory Committee (HPAC) is composed of faculty members, many of whom are involved in teaching courses that are taken by pre-health professions students. There is also a staff member in the HPAC office (Darwin 200) who oversees the administrative functions of the program. 

In addition to advising, the Committee prepares the HPAC Letter of Evaluation which is a critical part of the application process for entrance into a health professions school. Most health professions schools place more value on the health professions advisory committee evaluation of a candidate than they do on separate letters from individual faculty members because of the broader perspective of the candidate by the committee, and because this one letter contains a summary of many recommendations.

Every spring, each student who is applying to health professions schools during the following summer and fall is given a practice interview with two to three of the Committee members present. Many larger universities do not offer either of these two services.

Members of HPAC

Dr. Joseph Lin, Chair

Department of Biology

Phone: 707-664-2931


Office: Darwin Hall 211

Dr. Daniel Crocker

Department of Biology

Phone: 707-664-2995


Office: Darwin Hall 242

Dr. Steven Farmer

Department of Chemistry

Phone: 707-664-3728


Office: Darwin Hall 300H


Dr. Murali Pillai

Department of Biology

Phone: 707-664-2981


Office: Darwin Hall 214


Dr. Heather Smith

Department of Psychology

Phone: 707-664-2587


Office: Stevenson Hall 3089


Dr. Bülent Sökmen

Department of Kinesiology

Phone: 707-664-2789


Office: PE 17


Dr. Bala Ravikumar

Department of Computer Science

Phone: 707-664-3335


Office: Darwin Hall 116I