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Summer Health Professions Education Program


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.


Inquiries and correspondence should be directed to:

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 – Deadline:March 1st

Online applications are available starting November 1st .

Admission occurs on a rolling basis. Application 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.

P R O G R A M  O V E R V I E W

P R O G R A M  D A T E S  :  May 22 – June 30

 SHPEP offers a variety academic and professional experiences such as workshops, lectures, and discussions pertaining to success in the health sciences career track.

  • Academic Enrichment: The academic enrichment component of the program enhances studying and test-taking abilities and improved knowledge of basic science principles. Scholars (a) review, acquire, integrate and apply the basic science principles that underlie biomedical theory and practice; (b) analyze clinically relevant problems to recognize the molecular basis for the causes, effects and methods of treatment of disease, and to excel in pre-professional course work; and (c) become aware of advances in health sciences and understand the contributions of research to health care.e.
  • Clinical skill Laboratories: Scholars work with a human patient simulator to illustrate biological principles and laws of physics and chemistry in a hands-on manner utilizing customized scenarios and simulations such as the dangers of drug abuse or smoking. Similarly, the College of Veterinary Medicine has a Clinical Skills Laboratory with animal models to demonstrate and practice lifesaving CPR, as well as basic medical and surgical skills. The College of Dentistry offers laboratory experiences giving the scholars hands-on experiences in dental procedures, such as creating tooth composites and denture models.
  • Gene Diagnostic Laboratory: Scholars participate in a wet lab experience in the biotechnology teaching laboratory. Students are introduced to the basic biotechnologies used in genetic analysis and diagnosis of disease, and perform and analyze the results of an experimental sequence using gel electrophoresis, PCR, and bioinformatics.
  • Clinical Exposure Rotations: We provide a variety of clinical rotations for scholars to learn more about their intended careers and engage in interprofessional learning experiences. Rotations will take place in the teaching clinics of the six colleges or in sites with interprofessional models of care and teaching.
  • Career Development Workshops: Scholars participate in activities designed to successfully guide them through the admissions process. Admissions officers will discuss the applications, interviewing and financial decisions and best practices for admissions success, such as community service, shadowing and research experiences.
  • Clinical Experience: Scholars engage in multiple clinical rotations in their intended careers, as well as other professions, so they can learn more about their intended careers and about other professions to acquire interprofessional education knowledge.

W H Y  U F ? 

With 13 SHPEP program sites across the nation, what makes UF exceptional?


Why choose the University of Florida?

  • All six health sciences colleges on one contiguous, state-of-the-art campus

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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.

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 access to the campus and city buses.

Will I receive aid with travelling to Gainesville? Airfare and Ground transportation will be allocated up to $500 per scholar based on need.

How does the stipend work? Scholars will receive a $600 stipend, which will be distributed in two installments (week 1 and week 3).

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.

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.

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.

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