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Interprofessional Health Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program

Members of the 2016-2017 UCSF Dental Post-Baccalaureate Program

Left to Right (back row): Omid Elie, Gerardo Lopez, Roham Mehregan, Eric Ennuson, Bryan Tran, Jairo Ceballos (front row): Alisha Martin, April Martinez, Camille Loria, Miguel Padilla, Rozelle Laquindanum, Lamaso Sada,Guadalupe Quintero, Takiya Jefferson

This year-long, structured program is designed for first time applicants who believe they need additional preparation in order to be competitive applicants and for previously unsuccessful applicants to dental school. We are especially interested in individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, underserved communities and/or from groups traditionally underrepresented in the profession*.

The comprehensive program is designed to help participants become more competitive dental school applicants in a future admission cycle, and consists of the following key elements:

  • Mentoring and academic advising
  • A full year of upper division science course work through the University of California, Berkeley Extension
  • Assistance with the dental school application process
  • Academic and learning skills development
  • Intensive DAT review course
  • Faculty mentoring
  • Interprofessional collaboration with the Medical and Pharmacy post-baccalaureate programs

However, applicants should be aware that successful completion of the program does not guarantee admission to either the UCSF School of Dentistry or any other dental school.

The program begins in August and is 11 months in duration. Participation is limited to 12 individuals.

Eligibility and Application Process

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident, and preference is given to California residents.
  • You must have earned a Bachelor’s degree.
  • You must have completed all of the prerequisites for dental school (see a complete list of the prerequisites on our web page under Dental Admissions Requirements).
  • Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible as selection of participants will be on a rolling basis.
  • All required materials (as outlined in the application instructions) must be received by the application deadline or your application will be ineligible for consideration and will be canceled.
  • Participants are responsible for all expenses associated with the program (including relocation and/or living expenses).
  • Participants may not work while enrolled in the program.

If admitted, you will be provided with information on how to apply for financial aid to assist with the expenses of the program. For the most up-to-date information on the cost of the program, please visit:


The 2017-2018 Interprofessional Health Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program application cycle is now closed.


The 2018-2019 Interprofessional Health Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program application cycle will open in January of 2018.  Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. We highly encourage applicants to complete their applications as soon and efficiently as possible. 

If you have any questions, please contact the UCSF School of Dentistry Office of Admissions: 415.476.2737 or

* If you are uncertain about your disadvantaged status, we encourage you to apply.  A disadvantaged individual is one who, from an early age, resided in a low-income community or experienced enduring family, societal, or other hardship that significantly compromised educational opportunities. An underserved community is a geographic location or an identified population that is determined medically underserved based upon U.S. Census data.

2016-2017 IHPB Dentistry Cohort:

  • Jairo Ceballos - University of California, Merced
  • Omid Elie - University of California, Los Angeles
  • Eric Ennuson - Mercer University
  • Takiya Jefferson - Spelman College
  • Rozelle Laquindanum - University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Gerardo Lopez - University of California, Los Angeles
  • Camille Loria - University of California, Berkeley
  • Alisha Martin- California State University, San Bernardino
  • April Martinez - University of California, Davis
  • Roham Mehregan - University of California, Irvine
  • Miguel Padilla - California State University, Monterey Bay
  • Guadalupe Quintero - University of California, Berkeley
  • Lamaso Sada - California State University, Stanislaus
  • Bryan Tran - University of California - San Diego

Non-Discrimination Policy

The School of Dentistry adheres to and supports the UCSF non-discrimination policy related to admissions: click here for full policy details.


UCSF Interprofessional Health Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program