Summer Health Professions Education Program
College of Dentistry | College of Medicine | College of Nursing | College of Pharmacy | School of Physician Assistant Studies | College of Public Health and Health Professions | College of Veterinary Medicine
The Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) is a FREE summer enrichment program focused on improving access to information and resources for college students interested 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
The 6-week program will take place on the University of Florida campus, with on-campus room and board. We are very excited about this opportunity and hope that this will be an informative experience for students interested in the Health Science field.
Takeshia Pierre, MPH
SHPEP Program Coordinator
Phone: (352) 294 – 8685
A P P L I C A T I O N I N F O R M A T I O N
Early Admission Deadline – February 1, 2017 | Regular Admission Deadline – March 1, 2017
Online applications are available starting November 1, 2016. Admission occurs on a rolling basis. Applications are available at The National SHPEP website
- Have a GPA of 2.5 or above
- Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or an individual granted deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) status by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
- New participant to SHPEP (not have previously participated in the program)
- Be a college freshman or sophomore at the time of application.
- SHPEP is geared toward students that identify with a group that is racially/ethnically underrepresented in the health professions.
- SHPEP targets students from economically and educationally disadvantaged backgrounds, however all applications are considered.
Others factors that are considered include that a student:
- Identifies with a group that is racially/ethnically underrepresented in the health professions.
- Comes from economically and educationally disadvantaged backgrounds, however all applications are considered.
Program Dates – May 22, 2017 – June 30, 2017
D E N T A L C A R E E R P A T H W A Y
Students accepted into the Dental Career Pathway will:
- Produce hands-on projects in a dental simulation lab
- Shadow dental students in general and specialty dental clinics
- Explore dentistry and its specialties with dental faculty, residents, and students
- Participate in a variety of workshops on topics that might include DAT prep, interviewing, professionalism, financial aid, and research
- Attend the 2017 Impressions Program, hosted by the College of Dentistry Chapter of the Student National Dental Association
- Make connections, bond, and network with students who have similar goals
W H Y U F ?
With 13 SHPEP program sites across the nation, what makes UF exceptional?
The UF Health Science Center is the country’s only academic health center with six health-related colleges located on a single, contiguous campus.
- Distinguished faculty and community leaders
- Hands-on lab experience
- Diversity is a priority | Multicultural & Diversity Affairs at UF | UF College of Dentistry receives INSIGHT Into Diversity 2016 HEED Award
- Top tier research facilities on campus | Research at UF
- One of the most involved student campuses in the country | Student Life at UF | Florida Athletics
What to expect at SHPEP?
Students selected to attend UF SHPEP get an opportunity to gain academic enrichment while also immersing into Gator Culture through:
- Apartment-style living
- Dining at the Swamp
- Free transportation services on and off campus
- Potentially free activities for Scholars
- The general lively spirit of UF’s campus and so much more!
F A Q
Can I participate in SHPEP if I am a junior or senior in college, or if I have already graduated from college?
No. SHPEP is exclusively for current freshman and sophomore college students.
I am a freshman and have not received my grades yet. Can I submit my high school transcript?
High school transcripts are not accepted. If you are a freshman and you have not received your first semester grades, please allow them to be finalized before you submit your transcripts.
Can the recommendation be submitted by a previous employer or high school teacher?
If a recommendation cannot be submitted by a pre-health advisor or college professor within your major, the National Program Office will accept one from an employer that is within a health professions field or from a science high school teacher.
I’m applying online and I see medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, and public health as my career path choice – I’m interested in another career in health, what do I do?
While students select from four main concentrations – Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, and Public Health – selected students will be given the opportunity to learn hands on about veterinary medicine, nursing, physician assistant, and a number of public health professions such as Clinical and Health Psychology, Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences, Health Administration, Occupational Therapy, and Physical Therapy. It is at the student’s discretion which concentration they should choose when they apply.
Will meals be provided during my time at UF SHPEP ?
Dining debit cards are provided to all scholars to use at University of Florida’s dining locations on campus. All dining locations are open seven days a week.
I don’t have health insurance. Is there a UF health insurance option for successful applicants?
If a scholar does not have insurance, a limited insurance plan will be purchased by the UF SHPEP program for that scholar.
Will I have free time to explore Gainesville?
Scholars have a full menu of extracurricular activities to enjoy. Possible adventures include: touring UF Museums, talent show, kayaking, disc golf, volleyball, swimming, tubing, social gatherings with professional students, bowling, movies, and summer concerts on the plaza.
Is housing provided? Where will I live during UF SHPEP?
Scholars stay in dormitories located in the center of campus free of cost.
Should I bring a car? How will I get around?
Dorms are a ten-minute walk from the Health Science Center. Scholars also have free access to the campus and city buses.
Will I receive aid with travelling to Gainesville?
Travel expenses will be compensated.
How does the stipend work?
Scholars will receive a $600 stipend.
Is there a cost to attending UFSHPEP?
No. Students will be provided with housing,meals, and a stipend that will cover through the 6-weeks.
Who should I pick to write reference letters for me?
This should be someone who knows your academic and personal character. Ideally this should be a pre-health advisor and/or a college professor. If none of these persons know you well enough, a high school science teacher or a local dentist or physician who knows you well is acceptable.
For more answers concerning admissions and all things SHPEP, go to http://www.shpep.org/apply-to-shpep/faqs/