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Pre-Professional Health Club

PPHC is an organization for anyone interested in pursuing a health-focused Professional career such as Medicine, Dentistry, Optometry, PA, PT, Chiropractic, Pharmacy, Veterinary, or Podiatry. We offer resources and networking opportunities for students looking to help find the best path to reach their goals in professional school.

The PPHC Faculty Advisor is Dr. Alex Champagne.

TIMMY Global Health

Timmy is a a community-based organization that initially started in Indiana but is now nation wide. Our chapter, along with those across the country, works to help people globally access primary health care. We focus both on local activities and international work through trips, fundraising, and volunteer service.

The TIMMY Global Health Faculty Advisor is Dr. Kim Delaney

Timmy Global Health expands access to health care and empowers students and volunteers to tackle today's most pressing global health challenges. Timmy sends medical service teams to support the work of international partner organizations and channels financial, medical, and human resources to community-based health and development projects. 


Be The Match

Be The Match is an organization that helps connect patients with their donor match for life-saving bone marrow transplants. Our campus chapter works on awareness, bone marrow registry drives, and fundraisers.

The Be The Match Faculty Advisor is Dr. Becky Sparks-Thissen.

Dental Club

The Pre-Dental Club at USI hopes to serve as a one-stop shop for all students pursuing a career in dentistry. This includes students majoring in dental hygiene or dental assisting and pre-dental students applying to dental school. Students are provided with opportunities to learn from experts in the field, network with students pursuing similar careers, and serve the community. Some of our semester activities include the following:

  • Inviting experts in the field to speak at meetings, including dentists, dental students, and more
  • Traveling to local elementary schools to teach students about oral hygiene
  • Volunteering at the Evansville Christian Health Clinic Blitz Days

Through Pre-Dental Club, we hope to foster a community of students who are passionate about oral health and expanding their knowledge and love for the field of dentistry. If you are interested, please email Emilee Adams or Charity Pflederer ( and for more information!

The Dental Club Faculty Advisor is Dr. Alex Champagne.

Success Stories

Dr. Kera Kay '10

UMSL College of Optometry Assoc. Optometrist, MyOptix Family Eyecare “The science program at USI, along with its faculty, were instrumental in both encouraging me to follow my dream, as well as preparing me for success in my optometric career.”

Dr. Nathan Oakley

"The B/MD program was a great asset in my journey through medical education. The program allowed me to focus on education and personal growth without the worry and distraction regarding medical school acceptance. I also appreciated the camaraderie with fellow B/MD recipients throughout undergrad studies and medical school. I loved my time spent at USI...

Dr. Lexis Will '18

"I will forever be grateful for my time spent at USI as a BMD scholar. I felt so prepared to enter medical school thanks to the guidance and education from faculty, as well as the camaraderie and support from my fellow pre-medicine and BMD peers. The BMD scholarship helped streamline the process, and definitely lifted the financial burden associated with the educational commitment required to become a physician. I would absolutely recommend USI for anyone interested in pursuing a career in medicine."

Dr. Joseph Balda

"USI is a unique gem. The professors genuinely care about their students and love helping them. The pre-professional program prepared me well for a successful dental school experience and gave me a passion for science. I honestly enjoyed going to class and learning, which is something I hadn’t really experienced before. USI is perfect blend of a small school family with big school benefits...