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Health Careers Opportunity Program

About Us

Established in the 1980s, HCOP has impacted hundreds of college students who grow to shape the health of our region. By providing a nurturing approach and a “home away from home,” students receive the guidance and support necessary to enroll in professional health graduate schools and pursue their journey as aspiring health professionals. 

How WE Change Lives

Each year, the Health Careers Opportunity Program serves nearly 500  Fresno State students who are engaged in addressing the growing health needs of communities.  For our students, HCOP is more than just a place to learn about health careers, it’s a place where lives are changed, where students receive necessary and on-going academic support, guidance and opportunities to become aspiring health professionals. 

HCOP connects students with fundamental resources to overcome their emotional, educational, financial and social challenges.   Dedicated faculty, staff, students and the community provide a personal touch in helping each student reach their journey.  Through our many success stories, we have great confidence that our program is making a difference in the lives of our students and the communities in which they serve. 


  • Coordination with campus pre-health advising services
  • Pre-Health conferences
  • Health professional school site visits
  • Health professional application assistance
  • Professional development workshops
  • Information regarding research opportunities
  • Collaboration with pre-health campus clubs


Meet our Staff and Student Assistants

Lilia De La Cerda, MPH

Lilia De La Cerda, MPH

HCOP-HPP Director/PI, LSAMP Coordinator, RISE Manager

Margarita Perry, MBA

Margarita Perry, MBA

Marketing and Event Coordinator/Graphic Designer


Contact Information

Office Location:
California State University, Fresno
College of Science and Mathematics
Science 1 Building Room 101.
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Office Phone:  (559) 278-4748
Fax: (559) 278-7804
Mail Box
Fresno State Science 1 Building Room 136 (ARC)

Fresno State
Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP)
2555 E. San Ramon Ave M/S SB68
Fresno, California 93740-8034.