Keys to Success in the Health Sciences

New to UF Health and the UF Health Science Center is the Keys to Success in the Health Sciences Program. This year-long program is for students that identify as Black and are pursuing a career in the health professions.

The primary goal of the program is for freshman and sophomore Black students at UF to develop meaningful relationships with UF Health Science Center (HSC) faculty and students, thus creating a community that encourages academic and personal growth, wellness, and a sense of belonging.

This interprofessional program will require students to meet monthly to engage in academic preparation, social support, mentoring, and career exploration.


Students will be required to meet on Wednesdays from 4:00-6:00pm monthly to participate in career explorations with the Colleges of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health and Health Professions, & Veterinary Medicine. For the second half of the meeting, students will engage in an academic enrichment activity with a guest speaker.

Students in the program can expect to:

Career Exploration

  • Explore numerous health professions including specialties within specific fields
  • Participate in a variety of workshops that will expose them to the health professions

Professional & Graduate School Preparation

  • Engage in an academic enrichment curriculum that will include the following topics: financial support, academic support, career development, self-care and empowerment, professional presence, test preparation, and more

Mentorship & Networking

  • Benefit from impactful mentoring from other undergraduate students, professional students, and faculty throughout the K2S program
  • Attend required social activities throughout the semester to further build a safe place for pre-health students to form connections
  • Meet with their assigned mentor frequently to receive guidance along their academic and professional journey
  • Experience a sense of belonging and develop meaningful relationships with UF Health Science Center faculty and students

Applying for Keys to Success

Application Deadlines

  • The application for the 2022 cohort will open on May 2nd, 2022 and close on August 1st, 2022
  • Admissions decisions will be released in late August

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must identify as Black or African American
  • Be a freshman or sophomore at the start of the Fall semester
  • New participant to the Keys to Success Program (have not previously participated)

Health Professions at the University of Florida

Keys to Success Program Contact


Patricia Xirau-Probert, Ph.D.

program assistant

Samaiya Jackson