Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP)

Howard University Colleges of Arts & Sciences, Dentistry and Medicine
Washington, DC.
Type Academic Enrichment


SHPEP at Howard University is committed to providing an outstanding academically enriched program that is intended to contribute to a culture of health and promote diversity in health care by strengthening the academic proficiency and team based care approach of underrepresented minority and disadvantaged students interested in pursuing careers in the health sciences. Howard offers the medical, dental, nursing, and pharmacy pathways.

SHPEP scholars will experience the following during their dedicated academically intense six-week experience at Howard University:

  • Academic enrichment in basic science courses i.e.; General Chemistry, Genetics, Organic Chemistry, Bio-Chemistry, Physics, Anatomy and Physiology (transcript and health professions track dependent). Additional courses for all health profession tracks include Healthcare Ethics and Disparities/Health Policy, Communications (Reading and Writing) and a session in Mathematics.
  • IPE Course: “Introduction to Interprofessional Practice & Education
  • IPE Activities: IPE Day Workshop and Discussions, IPE Team Based Simulation Center Rotations and IPE Clinical Rotations, Clinical Simulation Lab, and William Montague Cobb Research Group
  • Weekly town hall meetings
  • “Careers in Health Professions Seminar”, where faculty members from the disciplines of Dentistry, Nursing and Allied Health, Pharmacy and Medicine will present and meet with scholars.
  • Clinical rotations based on health professions track.
  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act Training (HIPAA Training)
  • Workshops:
    • Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS)
    • US Army Recruitment Center
    • Recruiters from local health professions schools
  • National Institute of Health Site Visit
  • Will Deal Financial Planning and Education
  • Impact of Civil Rights Laws on Health Care Disparities


To be eligible for SHPEP, an applicant must:

  • be currently enrolled as a freshman or sophomore in college;
  • have a minimum overall GPA of 2.5;
  • be a U.S. citizen or hold a permanent resident visa; and
  • not have previously participated in SHPEP.

What other factors are considered in the admissions process?

  • If you identify with a group that is racially/ethnically underrepresented in medicine and/or dentistry (as defined independently by each program site);
  • If you come from an economically or educationally disadvantaged background;
  • If you have demonstrated interest in issues affecting underserved populations; and
  • If you submit a compelling personal statement and strong letters of recommendation.

More Information

Lori B. Fenner
(202) 806-0366