PreHealth Advisors

Director, PreHealth Advising Program 

Gail_Begley_001Gail S. Begley, Ph.D.
Biology Department, College of Science
414 Mugar Life Sciences

Dr. Gail Begley earned a PhD in Cell & Molecular Biology from Boston University and was subsequently awarded research fellowships at the Institute of Molecular Medicine at the University of Oxford and at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Begley has been at Northeastern University since 2001, advising students, designing curriculum, and teaching in the areas of Cell & Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Biochemistry, and Research.  Dr. Begley received the Northeastern University Excellence in Teaching Award in 2007 and was named an American Society for Microbiology Biology Scholar in 2011 and a Northeastern Faculty Lead Scholar in 2015. Since 2007, Dr. Begley has been Director of the University PreHealth Program, working with students and alumni from across the university in support of their aspirations for a career in medicine.

Primary Advisor: Alums and Students for all NU Colleges except College of Professional Studies

Cynthia Seltzer, MA, MBAweb photo of me
Manager, PreHealth Advising Program
PreHealth Advisor
Northeastern University
414G Mugar Life Sciences

Cynthia Seltzer is the Primary Advisor and Program Manager for the PreHealth Advising Program. She works with students from first year though alumni, helping them to prepare for and apply to medical, dental, veterinary, optometry and podiatry programs. Cynthia coordinates the PreHealth Workshops, website, marketing, events, and letter process. Cynthia earned a MA in Higher Education Administration from Boston College and an MBA from Northeastern University. She is currently working on her doctorate at Northeastern University. She has been at Northeastern since 1999 and in the PreHealth Program since 2013. In her free time, Cynthia enjoys hiking, rock climbing, traveling and cooking.

Advising by Appointment:

Current Students and Recent Alumni: To set up an appointment with Cynthia, go to the Self-Service tab of your myNEU, into the Advising Resources section. Choose the Appointment Calendar link. A new window will open. In the Find a Calendar section choose the PreHealth Advising Calendar. Select “Cynthia Seltzer” from the group. The calendar will open and you will have a number of options of times to choose from for an appointment. Please remember to set up your Medical Applicant Portal (MAP) before your appointment!

Alumni: Please send an e-mail to Cynthia Seltzer at with at least three specific times/dates that fit into your schedule, Monday through Thursday. Cynthia will contact you to confirm one of your choices. Appointment times are 9:00am to 4:00pm. If you cannot come onto campus, phone and skype appointments are available.

Walk-in Hours:

Please see Cynthia’s calendar for walk-in hours. Walk-ins are for quick questions lasting 5-10 minutes. If you need a longer time period, please set up an appointment.

College of Professional Studies

The College of Professional Studies team works with Undergraduates and Post-Bac Students at Northeastern’s College of Professional Studies (CPS). They are the first point of contact for CPS students.