SHPEP (Summer Health Professions Education Program)

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Summer Health Profession Education Program (SHPEP)

SHPEP will be a virtual program in 2021.

SHPEP is a free 6-week 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.

SHPEP is implemented at 12 program sites across the nation. Each site provides scholars with academic enrichment in the basic sciences and math, career development activities, learning and study skills seminars, financial planning; wellness and virtual hands-on activities. SHPEP at the University of Washington is a collaboration of the Schools of Medicine, Dentistry and Public Health.

University of Washington SHPEP Program Dates

June 21st – July 30th, 2021

Overview of SHPEP at the University of Washington

SHPEP at the UW is committed to increasing the diversity of the pool of health professionals thus improving access to quality healthcare. The University of Washington’s program involves rigorous academic enrichment through classes that provide a strong knowledge base in the basic foundational sciences and statistics. It is best suited for students completing their first 2 years of college who are about to take these courses or those who have taken them already and feel that they could use some additional help mastering these subjects.

The SHPEP curriculum at the University of Washington is designed to build on the students’ knowledge of the social determinants of health and health disparities through the lens of social justice.

We encourage you to look into our programs and explore what the University of Washington Health Sciences has to offer.

School of Medicine
School of Dentistry
School of Public Health



  • Scholars will attend programming every day Monday –Friday from 9:00 AM-1:00 PM

At the UW SHPEP scholars benefit from:

  • Rigorous academic enrichment courses in biology, chemistry, biostatistics, and population health
  • Career development sessions directed towards the exploration of the medical, dental, and public health professions, the admissions process, and the development of an individualized education plan
  • Exposure to careers in pharmacy, social work, nursing, rehabilitation medicine (PT/OT, prosthetics), physician assistants and other health professions
  • A curriculum designed to increase awareness and knowledge of the social determinants of health and healthcare disparities

Candidates sought

The UW SHPEP is actively recruiting first year and sophomore students who are currently attending community college or 4-year college/university, and are from underrepresented and educationally or financially disadvantaged communities.

Eligibility for UW SHPEP

  • College first year or sophomore at the time of application
  • Have a minimum overall GPA of 2.5
  • U.S. citizen, a permanent resident, or an individual granted deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) status by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
  • Not have previously participated in the program

Financial Assistance


$600 stipend distributed in 2 installments. Student will be provided an additional $400 food supplement (2021 program only).


  • Online applications open November 1st, 2020 at
  • Application Deadline February 5th, 2021
  • Decisions are Released March 15th, 2021

Contact the UW SHPEP Director Nora Coronado at or call 206.616.3043 for more information


Academic Credit: Do students receive academic credit for participating in the UW SHPEP?
No. Academic credit is not provided to UW SHPEP participants.

Cost: Is there a cost to participate in the summer program?
No, this program is free. Students are provided a small stipend during the 6 week program

Social Activities: What recreational activities are offered as a part of the program?
TAs will provide activities to encourage students to build community.