Formerly the Summer Medical Dental Education Program (SMDEP)
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 13 program sites across the nation. Each site provides scholars with academic enrichment in the basic sciences and math, clinical experiences, career development activities, learning and study skills seminars, and a financial planning. SHPEP at the University of Washington is a collaboration of the Schools of Medicine, Dentistry and Public Health.
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 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 freshman year 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.
- Be a college freshman or sophomore at the time of application
- Have a minimum overall GPA of 2.5
- Be a 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
1959 NE Pacific Street HSC A-300,
Seattle, WA 98195