SPHP vs PBPH: Which Program is Right for You?

Are you considering a career in the health profession, getting ready to apply to medical school, or just need to get those last few science classes in order to elevate your career in healthcare? The University of New England (UNE) Online offers two distinctive programs: the SPHP (Science Prerequisite for Health Professions) courses and the Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Health (PBPH) Certificate Program

Let’s dive into what sets each of these programs apart and which one might be the perfect fit for you.

Structure and Format

SPHP Courses:

UNE Online provides a flexible approach, offering individual online courses in various scientific subjects like Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. These courses can be taken individually, allowing you to tailor your curriculum and learn at your own pace. You can choose specific topics that interest you, making it a great option for those with busy schedules or diverse academic interests.

Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Health Certificate Program:

The PBPH program, in contrast, offers a more structured curriculum. It includes a series of courses designed to provide a comprehensive foundation in the sciences and other relevant subjects necessary for success in health professions and medical school applications. Students work with an advisor to choose which courses are right for them and their career goals.This program also provides additional support and resources for career planning and guidance.

Course Content

SPHP Courses:

SPHP courses focus on specific scientific subjects, delivering foundational knowledge in areas like anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, and genetics. It’s worth noting that these courses are also offered in the PBPH program. Due to the rigorous nature of the courses, it’s recommended that students consider taking 1-2 classes at a time. While support from professors is available during office hours, students are encouraged to engage with the material independently.

Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Health Certificate Program:

The PBPH program offers a more extensive range of courses that go beyond the sciences, including subjects like psychology and sociology. Additionally, it provides valuable resources for career planning and guidance, along with academic advisors who help students plan their course structure to align with their educational and professional goals.

Program Duration

SPHP Courses:

The duration of SPHP courses can vary based on individual schedules and learning styles. Although designed as a 16-week course, students have the flexibility to complete the program at their own pace. While some may finish in 10-14 weeks when studying full-time, completion in less than 8 weeks is unlikely.

Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Health Certificate Program:

The PBPH program is typically designed to be completed within one to two years, depending on your chosen area of study. It follows a structured curriculum and progresses with a cohort of students.

Program Focus and Goal

SPHP Courses:

The SPHP courses primarily serve as prerequisites for those interested in health professions. Often, students who have a bachelor’s degree take these courses to fulfill specific science requirements for further studies or career advancement.

Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Health Certificate Program:

The PBPH program is tailored to individuals who have already completed a bachelor’s degree and are looking to transition into health professions. It provides a comprehensive curriculum that builds a strong foundation in the sciences and other relevant subjects, and it also offers resources and guidance for career planning and health professional program applications.

In Summary 

UNE Online offers both individual SPHP courses for fulfilling prerequisite requirements and the more comprehensive PBPH program, which is designed to prepare individuals for specific health professions. The choice between these programs hinges on your individual goals, needs, and the time you have available. If you just need a course or two to reach your next goal, then SPHP is for you. If you need multiple prerequisite courses to pivot into a healthcare field or prepare to submit a medical school application, then our PBPH program is the perfect fit. 

If you have any questions or need assistance in determining which program is the best fit for you, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team. We’re here to help you achieve your healthcare goals. 

prehealth@une.edu (855) 325-0894

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