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Health Professions Program

Lake Forest College (LFC) and Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science (RFU) announce an innovative approach that prepares students for a future career in the health professions.

“Few national liberal arts colleges have such a close and distinctive partnership with a premiere interprofessional health sciences university.” —Dr. Shubhik DebBurman, Senior Director for Science Partnerships at Lake Forest College

WHY have we launched this program?

With healthcare predicted to have six of the 10 fastest growing jobs,* the Health Professions Program was created to innovatively prepare students to meet this demand and to become future leaders in a variety of healthcare careers.

The field of healthcare is rapidly evolving and growing at a pace well beyond the average rate for other professions,** highlighting the importance of the field. The innovative approach prepares you with the skills needed to practice in today’s rapidly evolving healthcare systems. A liberal arts curriculum is at the foundation of your undergraduate work, providing a grounding in the sciences and humanities, as well as problem solving, critical thinking, and solid communication skills.

This education model combined with access and early exposure to healthcare faculty, pioneering research labs, and graduate-level experiences at Rosalind Franklin University allows for hands-on exploration—taking the guesswork out of your future career path.

*CNBC 2019
 ** Bureau of Labor Statistics

WHAT is the Health Professions Program?

The Health Professions Program is a unique program among liberal arts colleges designed to prepare students early in their academic career for a variety of professions in healthcare.

The innovative program consists of a core of health-related courses and opportunities for exploration along with clearly articulated joint-degree programs with nearby Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. 

The Health Professions Program will prepare you for future success in the rapidly evolving field of healthcare by equipping you with the foundation of a liberal arts and sciences curriculum and interprofessional acumen—the core of Rosalind Franklin’s mission.

The curricular core merges four basic natural science/math/social science courses, two “SHIP” courses (Science and Health from an Interdisciplinary Perspective), and several experiential activities into a foundation that will prepare you for continued study or immediate employment in a host of health-related fields.

Part of the experiential activities are multiple seminar series that will take you to the Rosalind Franklin campus (only 10 minutes away) and expose you to the breadth of their programs and their interprofessional practices. The joint-degree programs clearly lay out your curricular path through Lake Forest College and the milestones to meet in order to have a seamless transition into a program at Rosalind Franklin. These joint-degree programs help take the guesswork and anxiety out of post-graduate planning.

WHO is the program for?

The Health Professions Program recruits and supports a diverse and broad cohort of students interested in health professions. Our ideal student is not just the traditional pre-health student (interested in Medical School, Nursing, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Podiatry, and more), but also includes students outside of these tracks. You may be interested in Health Care Administration, Public Health, Global Health, Data Analytics, Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Clinical Counseling, Clinical Nutrition, and more. The Health Professions Program encourages you to think outside the traditional box and explore the future of where healthcare careers are headed.

Our “big tent” will admit all interested students into the Health Professions Program cohort, which we expect will grow to approximately 100 per entering class. Rosalind Franklin University believes strongly in the value of the College’s liberal arts education and our goal is to create an inclusive program that can draw students from any major. You can still pursue up to two majors and a minor. This program has no additional cost.

To apply, students submit a short essay describing their interests and motivations to study health-related professions. There is an application window in the fall and in the spring. There are milestones for continued participation, including a minimum semester GPA and progression through the requirements. 

Students can apply to join the Health Professions Program up through the fall of their junior year, to maximize flexibility for most of our current students and to create opportunities for incoming transfers to participate in the program.  

   The Facts on Health Professions

  • Six of the 10 fastest growing jobs in the next decade are predicted to be in healthcare
    –CNBC, 9/7/2019
  • Employment of healthcare occupations is projected to grow 14 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations
     –Bureau of Labor Statistics, 9/2019
  • Best jobs in healthcare with median salary
    U.S. News & World Report 2020
  • Healthcare jobs dominate best jobs of 2020 list
    U.S. News & World Report 2020

2022 LFC-RFUMS Summer Scholars named

This summer 18 Lake Forest College students will conduct medical research at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science (RFU) through the Summer Scholars program. This is a first experience in undergraduate research for all students. Each Forester is paired with an RFU professor who will serve as a mentor during the 10-week program. 

Willow Highfill ’23 Dr. Heinz Steiner (Professor and Dept Chair of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology)
Katarzyna Barton ’24 Professor Kaiwan Kam (Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy)
Margaret Boersma ’24 Professor William Frost (Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy)
Allison Coffell ’23 Professor Joseph Reynolds (Department of Microbiology and Immunology)
Rabia Fatima ’23 Professor Neelam Sharma-Walia (Department of Microbiology and Immunology)
Alex Fayn ’24 Professor David Everly (Department of Microbiology and Immunology)
Olivia Godek ’23 Professor Holly Hunsberger (Department of Foundational Sciences and Humanities)
Katelyn Holstein ’23 Professor Shivaputra Patil (Department of Medicinal Chemistry)
Ying Han ’24 Professor EunJung Hwang (Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy)
Shaad Khalil ’24 Professor Kristen Ahlschwede (Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences)
Kateryna Malkina ’24 Professor Rahul Vijay (Department of Microbiology and Immunology)
Lorena Monroy ’24 Professor Joanna Dabrowska (Department of Cell and Molecular Pharmacology)
Jasmin Montes ’24 Professor Amiel Rosenkranz (Department of Cell and Molecular Pharmacology)
Anait Nalbandyan ’24 Professor Beth Stutzmann (Department of Neuroscience)
Ama Owusu-Ofori ’24 Professor EunJung Hwang (Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy)
Makayla Sanchez ’24 Professor Ryan Crews (Department of Podiatric Surgery & Applied Biomechanics)
Ilona Sergeeva ’24 Professor Johnny He  (Department of Microbiology and Immunology)
Lauren Steidl ’24 Professor Hongkyun Kim (Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy)

Click on any of our alumni profiles below to read more

Meet our alumni pursuing their Dual Degrees at RFU

Yvette Ramirez

Yvette Ramirez '18

DPT - Doctor of Physical Therapy

Alyssa Tunison

Alyssa Tunison '16

MS - Physician Assistant Practice (PA)

Daria Polyarskaya

Daria Polyarskaya '18

PharmD - Doctor of Pharmacy

Danielle Shaw

Danielle Shaw '20

MS-Clinical Counseling

Peter Nesper

Peter Nesper '15

MS - Biomedical Sciences
MD - Doctor of Allopathic Medicine

See where else our alumni have pursued their degrees

Cassandra McCray

Cassandra McCray ’16

MS-PA
Midwestern University

Mohini Verma

Mohini Verma ’18

DMD
Midwestern University

Sydni Cole

Sydni Cole ’12

MD
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Kristina Johnson

Kristina Johnson ’12

PhD-Clinical Psychology
Illinois Institute of Technology

PhD leading to diverse Health Professions Pathways

Lokesh Kukreja

Lokesh Kukreja '08

PhD Integrated Program in Life Sciences
Northwestern University

Ryne DeBo

Ryne DeBo '08

MS Medical Laboratory Science
Rush University
PhD Molecular Medecine and Translational Science
Wake Forest University

Jennillee Wallace

Jennillee Wallace '09

PhD Immunology
Rush University

Tubanji Walubita

Tubanji Walubita '19

PhD Global Health
Northwestern University
Accepted to multiple programs

Lauren Giurini

Lauren Giurini '20

PhD Epidemiology
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Galina Lipkin

Galina Lipkin '14

MA Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Northeastern Illinois University
PhD in Business Psychology- Consulting at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Beyond traditional Health Professions

Arlyn Bateman

Arlyn Bateman '16

MS Marriage and Family Therapy
Northwestern University

Logan Graham

Logan Graham '17

MHSA and MBA
Xavier University

Chisomo Mwale ’19

Chisomo Mwale ’19

Clinical Research Coordinator
Northwestern Feineberg School of Medicine

Maegan Schultz

Maegan Schultz '15

MS
University of Illinois Chicago

Alexandra Skokzec

Alexandra Skoczek '18

DO
Auburn VIACOM
MPH
Emory University

Jaime Perez Pineda

Jaime Perez Pineda '10

Master's in Prosthetics and Orthotics at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Natalie Brusie

Natalie Brusie '16

MS in Healthcare Administration at University of Minnesota

Morgan Marshall

Morgan Marshall '16

MS Biomedical Visualization
University of Illinois at Chicago

Headshot of Amanda Allred

Amanda Allred '14

MS in Genetic Counseling
Brandeis University

Reshma Kurian

Reshma Kurian '16

MS–Public Health and Policy Administration
University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

Sara Murillo

Sara Murillo '16

Master's in Biotechnology
JD
Chicago Kent Law School

Aasimah Tanveer

Aasimah Tanveer '18

Master's Data Science
DePaul University

Few national liberal arts colleges have such a close and distinctive partnership with a premiere interprofessional health sciences university. —Dr. Shubhik DebBurman

Few national liberal arts colleges have such a close and distinctive partnership with a premiere interprofessional health sciences university. —Dr. Shubhik DebBurman

Few national liberal arts colleges have such a close and distinctive partnership with a premiere interprofessional health sciences university. —Dr. Shubhik DebBurman

Few national liberal arts colleges have such a close and distinctive partnership with a premiere interprofessional health sciences university. —Dr. Shubhik DebBurman

Few national liberal arts colleges have such a close and distinctive partnership with a premiere interprofessional health sciences university. —Dr. Shubhik DebBurman

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Contact Us

FACULTY CONTACT

Shubhik DebBurman
Science Partnerships Senior Director
Disque D. and Carol Gram Deane Professor of Biological Sciences
Chair of Neuroscience, HPP, Pre-Health
Lillard Science Center 213
847-735-6040
debburma@lakeforest.edu

ADMINISTRATIVE CONTACT

Ryan Walters
Health Professions Program Coordinator
rwalters@lakeforest.edu
847-735-6171

CAREER CONTACT

Ben Rohde
Pathway Leader. Science and Health Care
Career Advancement Center
rohde@lakeforest.edu