Judith A. Wubah, of Blacksburg, Va., has been named the director of pre-health advising for Virginia Tech in the Department of Career Services.

Limited areas of pre-health advising were formerly housed in University Honors, and for many years it was referred to as the pre-med and pre-dental advising program. Now, in an effort to expand this program to include other health areas such as pharmacy, occupational therapy, veterinary medicine, and allied health areas, and for pre-health advising to be more accessible to students, the Smith Career Center will be home to this expanded pre-health advising program.

In her role as director of pre-health advising, Wubah will develop a broad range of services to support the 2,000-3,000 undergraduate students at Virginia Tech who are preparing for careers in the health profession. Wubah’s responsibilities will focus closely on providing comprehensive career planning decisions for pre-health students, and providing them with supporting documentation for their applications to professional school programs.

In addition, Wubah will offer information and resources about programs and career opportunities in health-related fields, develop programs to assist students to research, apply, and prepare for graduate and professional school, communicate and collaborate with pre-health advisors in academic departments across campus, and maintain relationships with the health professional schools in Virginia.

Donna Cassell Ratcliffe, director of career services says, “We are excited to have Judith on our team and look forward to expanding the role of pre-health advising to reach more students who have an interest in the health profession.”

Before joining Virginia Tech’s Career Services, Wubah was assistant professor of anatomy and cell biology in the College of Medicine at the University of Florida. Wubah received bachelor’s degrees in botany and education from the University of Cape Coast in Ghana, a master’s degree in biology from the University of Akron, and her Ph.D. in development biology/teratology from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pa.

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This article was written by Mary Ann Cole.

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