Health Professions Advising

Health Committee Letter

All health professions schools require letters of recommendation. As a University of Rochester student or alumnus, you are eligible for a special letter known as the Health Committee (HC) letter.

Rochester’s Health Committee Letter

HC letters serve different functions at different undergraduate institutions. At the University of Rochester, the HC letter functions as a letter of recommendation. The letter is based on the applicant’s submitted Health Professions Questionnaire (HPQ), his or her interaction and interview with a health professions adviser, and the academic record. The letter will mention activities both inside and outside the classroom, as well as an applicant’s motivation. HC letters do not include information from other recommenders. Not every college furnishes such letters and professional schools regard them highly, so this service will set you apart from many of your competitors. Because you are eligible for such a letter, failure to secure one for a program that requires or recommends such a letter can be a serious weakness in your application.

***Please note that the Health Professions Questionnaire (HPQ) is currently being revised for the next cycle of applications (2015 applications) and is not available. Information regarding the HPQ, including eligibility and deadlines, will be available at the end of November 2014. If you have an immediate question, please contact the Director of Health Professions, Cathy Tempest (