Student Organizations

Student Organizations

UCSB has a number of pre-health student organizations on campus.  Joining a student organization, whether pre-health or another, can help students network with other students with similar career and personal goals.  This networking can lead to great shadowing, clinical, and volunteer experiences.

Note: If you or your organization take part in activities that include providing patient care, then please read this document Guidelines for Premedical and Medical Students Providing Patient Care During Clinical Experiences Abroad. 



AMSA (Physician—MD/DO)

Mission statement: The purpose of this organization shall be to 1) support the creative ideas of physicians-in-training, 2) surround our pre-medical members with like-minded individuals on similar career paths, 3) enhance the quality of healthcare in the community through volunteer programs, and 4) increase exposure to common healthcare issues and the different career paths in the field of medicine.

Alpha Epsilon Delta 

Mission statement: Alpha Epsilon Delta offers opportunities for intellectual and professional development, provides a forum for students with common interests, and extends service to benefit the local community.

Envision (Optometry)

Mission statement: We are Envision, UCSB's only pre-optometry organization on campus.  As a student-run club, we are dedicated to serving students interested in entering the field of optometry. Our goal as an organization is to spread the word about the diverse and vast field of optometry, as well as provide the tools necessary to succeed and advance to optometry school.

Health Professions Association (General/Open to all Professions)

Mission: UCSB HPA is a pre-health organization that aims to inspire our members to become involved with the greater community through community service, to connect individuals who understand healthcare by getting involved in research and clinical care, and to provide academic resources and connections to help members achieve their goals in medicine.

Pre-Dental Organization (Dentistry)

Mission statement: The UCSB Pre-Dental Organization (PDO) is a club for pre-dental or interested students who want to find out about the field of dentistry and what it takes to get into dental school.

Pre-Medical Society

Mission statement: The Pre-Medical Society is meant to provoke Hospital volunteering and medical shadowing for premedical students or otherwise to benefit the community and to develop the participants’ understanding of the medical field.

Pre-Pharmacy Association (Pharmacy)

Mission statement: UCSB Pre-Pharmacy Student Association (PPSA) is the only pre-pharmacy organization on campus. We are a student-run organization with the purpose of exposing the UCSB community to the wide range of fields available within pharmacy.

Pre-Physician Assistant Organization (Physician Assistant)

Mission statement: The UCSB Pre-Physician Assistant Organization (PPAO) is for Pre-PA students and interested individuals who want to learn about the profession.

Pre-Veterinary Medical Association (Veterinary Medicine)

Mission statement: The UCSB PVMA strives to be an accessible resource for interested students in the competitive and fascinating field of veterinary medicine through talks with veterinary professionals and animal handling opportunities.

Student Osteopathic Medical Association

Mission statement: Pre-SOMA is the undergraduate division of the Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA), a national organization of students pursing a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Degree. Pre-SOMA is a way for pre-medical students to become a part of this community before getting into medical school and help students decide if osteopathic medicine is for them.

Service/Clinical Focus

Doctors Without Borders

Mission statement: The purpose of this organization shall be to create opportunities for UCSB students, faculty, and staff to learn about, support, fundraise, and advocate for the work of the non-profit organization, Doctors Without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières. As well, we hope to inspire students to pursue humanitarian work after graduation.

Global Medical Training
Mission is to expose students to healthcare in different Central and South American countries and provide them with an opportunity to actively participate in the process of medical assessments.

Health & Equity Alliance

Mission Statement: The Health and Equity Alliance strives to promote public health issues locally and globally through community service, advocacy, and professional development. Using an interdisciplinary approach, UCSB students of all majors and backgrounds who are interested in social dimensions of public health are contributing to make an impact at home and in surrounding communities.

Los Curanderos

We are dedicated to helping underserved communities and underrepresented students through community service and social activism.

Mission statement: Our mission is to build a worldwide movement empowering the poor in their fight for equal access to healthcare, education and a safe home.

Pre-Health Fraternities & Sororities

Mu Delta Fraternity

Mission statement: The mission of Mu Delta Medical Fraternity is to establish a brotherhood among men who wish to become medical doctors, to increase the chance that these men will be accepted to a school of medicine after graduation, and to promote leadership, excellence, service, and ethics that extend throughout the lives of the members of this fraternity and into their communities.

Phi Delta Epsilon Fraternity

Mission statement: Phi Delta Epsilon International Medical Fraternity creates physicians of integrity with a lifelong commitment to our guiding principles of philanthropy, deity, and education through fellowship, service, mentoring, and formal training in leadership, science, and ethics.

Rho Psi Eta Sorority

Mission statement: Rho Psi Eta is a pre-health academic sorority founded in 2007 at the University of California, Santa Barbara. By embracing and upholding academic integrity, community service, and sisterhood, we strive to help women pursue their interests and goals in the health professions.

Delta Epsilon Mu Fraternity

Mission Statement: The Members of Delta Epsilon Mu serve the community by advocating health education and care, and through active participation in service activities, fundraising, and outreach programs. Members are given the opportunity to directly participate in health-oriented workshops and discussions, thereby attaining access to pertinent academic and career information through association with professors, advisors, career professionals, Alumni Members and fellow Active Members.

Special Interest

California Health Professional Student Alliance (CaHPSA)

Mission statement: CaHPSA is a healthcare and political advocacy organization that aims to cultivate leadership skills to effect change in our healthcare system. Our goal is to provide high-quality, accessible, and guaranteed healthcare for everyone.

Floating Doctors

Mission statement: Floating Doctors was founded by UCSB alum Dr. Ben LaBrot who remains the current CEO. This organization, based in Panama, works to reduce the present and future burden of disease in the developing world, and to promote improvements in healthcare delivery worldwide.

Health Guardians of America

Mission statement: We are a group of college students passionate about pressing public health issue, general healthy living, and physical fitness. We are firm believers in this cause and excited in promoting this in the general and at-risk populations. Email: