Summer Health Professions Education Program

 Program Dates: May 22, 2017 – June 30, 2017

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

Florida Health Science Center | SHPEP at UF Health

Nursing Takes Part in Alabama State Informational IPE Visit Ahead of UF SHPEP

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 six-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.

UF SHPEP Program Coordinator & Contact:

A P P L I C A T I O N  I N F O R M A T I O N

Application Deadlines

  • 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

Application Requirements

  • 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

N U R S I N G  P R E S E N T A T I O N 

Students will rotate through a two-hour nursing presentation as part of UF SHPEP:

  • Meet with nursing faculty and students
  • Tour the college of nursing, including the simulation areas and classroom space
  • Learn about a variety of nursing career options, as well as graduate and undergraduate educational programs available in the field
  • Make connections, bond, and network with other SHPEP students

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.

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:


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.

Am I able to participate in SHPEP and attend classes over the summer? SHPEP is a full-time commitment with pre-planned days of curriculum, activities, and rotations. Students’ full participation is required during the course of the program dates. Should summer courses be offered following the program, the student is free to enroll and attend, however during the program may not be an option.

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 traveling to Gainesville? Travel expenses will be compensated.

How does the stipend work? Scholars will receive a $600 stipend.

Is there a cost to attending UF SHPEP? No. Students will be provided with housing, meals, and a stipend that will cover through the six 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.

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