For more information about the Public Health major, please see the UCSD General Catalog.

Making an Appointment

Please review our advising calendar below, and send us a VAC message with your top 4 day/time preferences if you would like to make an appointment.  

In your request please indicate if our advising session will include one of the following:

  • Creation of a new academic plan
  • Specific health track (Pre-Med (MD/DO), Dentistry, Nursing, Optometry, Pharmacy, Physical and Occupational Therapy, Physician Assistant, Nutrition, etc.) questions
  • Specific graduate school or career questions
  • Please note: The Public Health Advising Office can assist with first steps and general graduate school and career questions. For more advanced questions students will be referred to the Healthbeat Advisors through UC San Diego's Career Center.

Appointments are booked on a first-come, first-serve basis and may fill up quickly; please be patient with us!

All incoming students should see the Newly Accepted Students page for information regarding the Public Health New Student Orientation and Summer Advising Appointments.


Submitting a Form

If you have a form to submit to the Public Health Advisors, you can do so on our Petition Submission Form. Please keep in mind that all forms are expected to be complete and correct; you should meet with an advisor before submission to ensure the completeness of your form. 


Attention Students Wishing to Declare the Public Health Major

If you are not currently declared as a Public Health Major please fill out this Major Contact List Form.  This form is also to assist with the FMPH 40 waitlist.  If you are trying to get into FMPH 40 and are not a declared Public Health major, this list is the only way we know you are interested in enrolling in the course.

Please Note: All BSPH Majors are capped. Capped majors are majors with limited enrollment. Students who were not directly admitted into one of the BSPH Majors can still complete the Public Health Entry Requirement and declare a BSPH Major after meeting the entry requirement. Please see the Public Health Entry Requirement on our website for additional information. 

All students wishing to declare a Public Health major should complete our online Public Health New Student Orientation modules prior to meeting with an advisor for the first time.


Staff Advisors

Dina Rodgers

Undergraduate Student Affairs Advisor
Pepper Canyon Hall, Room 253

Elisa Crossman

Undergraduate Student Affairs Advisor
Pepper Canyon Hall, Room 254


Current UCSD students must submit their questions or appointment requests via the Virtual Advising Center. Queries received via email or phone will not receive a response.

Prospective students, contact us at with your questions about the Public Health program.


Academic Advising Hours

EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY: All in-person advising services have been suspended until further notice.  Students who need assistance can contact Public Health Advisors through the Virtual Advising Center.  At this time any campus forms that need to be reviewed by a Public Health Advisor can be sent to The Public Health Office will return the completed form through the VAC as soon as we are able.

15-minute walk-in advising is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more in-depth advising including creating an academic plan, please make a 30-minute appointment with an advisor. If you are not currently a UCSD student, you may request an appointment via email ( We do not typically meet with students who have not yet been accepted to UC San Diego.

Current students MUST submit appointment requests via the Virtual Advising Center. In your request, please include your first and second choice days and times when you are available for an appointment that are listed as available on the calendar.


The Student Affairs Office of the Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) Program is located on the second floor of Pepper Canyon Hall (PCYNH). You can find us through the UC San Diego Pepper Canyon Hall Google Maps link.

Looking for a specific office location for one of the Public Health Student Affairs Education Staff?  You can see where each individual's office location by checking out the Pepper Canyon Hall Space Layout for Public Health Programs.