The Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP)

University of Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE.
Type Academic Enrichment, Clinical Observation, Health Disparities


The University of Nebraska Medical Center is one of thirteen sites of the Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP), a national program funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. SHPEP is a six-week summer academic enrichment program that offers freshman and sophomore college students intensive and personalized medical, dental,  nursing, pharmacy and public health school preparation.

“UNMC’S SHPEP provides medical, dental, nursing, public health and physician assistant scholars with academic enrichment in the basic sciences and math, clinical experiences, career development activities, learning and study skills seminars, and a financial planning workshop.”


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

Sonja Franziska Tutsch, PhD(c), MPH, BSED
SHPEP Program Manager
Division of Student Success
University of Nebraska Medical Center
984275 Nebraska Medical Center | Omaha, NE 68198-4275
402.559.5932 |