UF Summer Health Professions Education Program

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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.

UF SHPEP 2024 will be offered in a hybrid delivery format. During the first two weeks of the program, all events, workshops, and instruction will be held virtually. All programming during the remaining four weeks will take place in-person on the University of Florida campus in Gainesville, FL, during which participants will be provided on-campus housing and meals.

Example of academic enrichment curriculum: UF SHPEP Sample Curriculum and Calendar

UF SHPEP Program Coordinator & Contact:

Rachel Powers


Application Deadlines

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 (possess less than 60 credits, excluding AP credits)

Others factors that are considered include that a student:

  • Identifies as a first-generation health professional (i.e., applicant’s legal guardian(s) did not receive graduate degrees in a Health Profession).  
  • Identifies as a first-generation college student (i.e., applicant’s legal guardian(s) did not receive undergraduate degrees).
  • A University of Florida Pell Grant recipient, Promise Student, or Machen Florida Opportunity Scholar.  
  • Comes from an economically and/or educationally disadvantaged background. 
  • Demonstrates a desire to work as a health professional in underserved communities.
  • Identifies as a Non-traditional student with less than 60 credits.  


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
  • Students will also participate in an interprofessional training exercise unique to the University of Florida SHPEP site: a mass casualty simulation disaster drill for hands-on learning experience with emergency situations


With 12 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.


Students selected to attend UF SHPEP get an opportunity to gain academic enrichment while also immersing into Gator culture through: