November 3, 2016

UW launches new summer health-career program for disadvantaged students

A newly revamped summer program designed to increase the numbers of under-represented students entering careers in dentistry, medicine, and public health has begun accepting applications.

The Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP), funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, will select 80 students for an intensive six-week curriculum that includes biology, chemistry, organic chemistry, physics and statistics.

Students who are currently college freshman and sophomores may apply between Nov. 1, 2016, and March 1, 2017. The program covers students’ costs of travel to Seattle and on-campus room and board, and includes a small stipend.

Formerly known as the Summer Medical and Dental Education Program, it incorporated the UW School of Dentistry in 2006 and added the UW School of Public Health this year.

Read more about SHPEP, including details about applying.