Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP)

Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP)

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What is the Summer Health Professions Education Program?

The Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) is a free summer enrichment program for first and second year college students interested in exploring a career in the health professions. SHPEP’s goal is to strengthen the academic proficiency and career development of students underrepresented in the health professions and prepare them for a successful application and matriculation to health professions schools.

SHPEP at the University of Louisville

The summer of 2020 will mark the 15th year of the SHPEP program at the University of Louisville. SHPEP at UofL introduces prospective medical, dental, nursing, and pharmacy scholars to the academic rigors of health professions education. Scholars will use team-based learning to integrate and apply the basic and social sciences centered on two major themes: Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease. Scholars will also work in inter-professional collaborative teams to develop and implement treatment plans with dental/medical/nursing/pharmacy applications.

 U of L SHPEP Program provides scholars a variety of academic, professional experiences such as:

- Academic enrichment: courses on organic chemistry, biochemistry, and physiology

- Academic and Career advising

- Exposure to health policy and equity

- Simulation labs

- Team Based Learning modules and application

- Access to the University of Louisville School of Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, and Public Health, and Sullivan University College of Pharmacy.

- Career Fair

- Personal development workshops

- Clinical Exposure

- Volunteer opportunities

- And More!!!

 Program Dates: SHPEP at U of L will convene on Monday, June 3 – Friday, July 10, 2020. Scholars will move into the residence halls on the University of Louisville’s campus on Monday, June 3rd and will move out on Friday, July 10th.


Applications to the SHPEP program open on November 1st and close on February 5th. Please use the following link to access the online application system: SHPEP19 2-2


- Must be a high school graduate and currently enrolled as a freshman or sophomore in college.

- Have a minimum overall college GPA of 2.5.

- 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.

- Must not have previously participated in the program.

Other factors for consideration include:                           

- Identifies with a group that is racially/ethnically underrepresented in the health professions;

- Comes from an economically or educationally disadvantaged background; and/or

- Has demonstrated an interest in issues affecting underserved populations.

- Submits a compelling personal statement and a strong letter of recommendation.


Program Contacts:

Kiana Fields, Program Coordinator Sr.

Shonna Wagner, Program Coordinator

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