Summer Health Professions Education Program information sessions

The Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) is a summer experience for students interested in the health professions. The program offers opportunities to explore other health careers, including nursing, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, and public health. The free six-week summer enrichment program prepares college students for a career in the health professions by enhancing their academic proficiency and providing career development opportunities.

What types of activities will students participate in during SHPEP?

  • Academic enrichment in the basic sciences and math.
  • Career development activities.
  • Learning and study skills workshops.
  • Virtual clinical experiences.
  • Workshops in financial planning and health policy.
  • Interprofessional education that addresses effective collaboration across health professions.

Program benefits include:

  • A stipend.
  • Guidance from current admissions deans, health professionals, students, and SHPEP alumni about how to pursue their profession of interest.

To be eligible, you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen, a permanent resident, or an individual granted deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) status by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
  • Be a college freshman or sophomore at the time of application
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.5.
  • Identify with a group that is underrepresented in the health professions.

Learn more and apply on the SHPEP website here.

Upcoming information sessions will take place in zoom at on the following days/times:

  • Tuesday November 9     10:00 AM PST
  • Thursday November 18     4:00 PM PST
  • Monday      December 6     12:00 PM PST
  • Wednesday December 15     2:00 PM PST
  • Tuesday December 28   11:00 AM PST
  • Thursday January 6          12:00 PM PST
  • Friday January 14        10:00 AM PST
  • Wednesday January 19 4:00 PM PST


By Dan Poux (He/Him)
Dan Poux (He/Him) Career Coach