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USD's Rops Leads National Health Professionals Advocacy Group

Brock Rops Brock Rops has been elected chair of the national board of directors for HOSA-Future Health Professionals.

VERMILLION, S.D. – Brock Rops, M.Ed., State Adviser for HOSA – Future Health Professionals in South Dakota, has been elected chair of the national board of directors for HOSA-Future Health Professionals.

HOSA was founded in 1976 to encourage and inspire secondary and post-secondary students to pursue careers in healthcare. HOSA’s nationwide membership exceeds 200,000 members in 4,300 chapters in 46 states and four countries. In South Dakota, HOSA membership totals over 700 high school students in 29 chapters.

Rops has been the Education Coordinator for the Area Health Education Center (AHEC) at the University of South Dakota (USD) since 2011 and has led South Dakota HOSA since its start in the state in 2012. He also serves on the USD Health Science Advisory Board of Directors and Sanford Health’s All About Science festival committee.

Rops is based in Sioux Falls on the campus of the USD Sanford School of Medicine.


USD's Sanford School of Medicine is nationally known for excellence. With its award-winning curriculum, the school prepares medical students to practice in all fields of medicine and is particularly recognized and ranked for its reputation in family medicine and rural medicine. In addition to the M.D., it offers graduate degrees in basic biomedical science, sustains a vibrant and forward-looking research agenda, and is home to the interdisciplinary Center for Brain and Behavioral Research.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.