The UCLA Summer Health Professions Education Program Students
6 week Summer Enrichment Program
We are delighted that you are considering the UCLA/CDU Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, UCLA School of Dentistry, UCLA School of Nursing and the Charles R. Drew University School of Nursing. At UCLA/CDU SHPEP, we are committed to developing future leaders that will change the face of medicine, nursing, and dentistry as well improve health care delivery, policy and research in underserved communities. Our faculty advisors, caring staff, community members and supportive fellow classmates are part of a vibrant campus community that will enthusiastically support you as you pursue your personal goals and turn them into accomplishments.
The UCLA/CDU SHPEP mission is to serve as a model learning community in which students examine a variety of healthcare issues affecting medically underserved communities through problem-based learning cases, lectures, clinical experiences, small-group discussions, and a research project. Students will also improve their learning skills and strengthen their foundation in science. Upon completion of this six-week program, students will be more aware of the urgent need for health care professionals in medically underserved communities and of the educational pathways that lead to providing medical, nursing, and dental and health services to underserved populations.
Inquiries and correspondence should be directed to:
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
885 Tiverton Drive, Suite B27
Los Angeles, CA 90095-7035
Due to current events involving COVID-19, as a precaution, we have moved over to email as our main means of communication until further notice. :
UCLA SHPEP: email@example.com
Are you insatiably curious? Boundlessly optimistic? Passionate about healing the world? We think you’ll fit right in.
Online applications are available starting TBA
Eligible applicants are admitted on a rolling basis. Applying early increases your chances of being selected at your preferred program site. Applications are available at http://www.SHPEP.org
Targeting educationally and financially disadvantaged community college students while accepting a number of 4-year college students, UCLA/CDU SHPEP will give students the opportunity to meet and work with other students whose interests in health professions parallel their own. Students will also have the opportunity to work with expert faculty and staff who are eager to mentor students and share knowledge in their individual fields.
To be considered for the UCLA/CDU Summer Health Professions Education Program, an applicant must:
Other factors that are considered include that a student:
Curriculum consists of a series of workshops, lectures, and discussions pertaining to academic enrichment, learning skills, communication skills and health professions school counseling.
Students develop statistical and analytical skills through working on a small group project related to describing and developing an understanding of the health issues and epidemiology of underserved communities. Analytical reading skills are developed through daily practice. Students will also participate in a problem-based learning (PBL) curriculum in which students will study clinical cases and develop an action plan to solve the clinical case. PBL will reinforce concepts of physical sciences (physics and general chemistry), biology, & organic chemistry that are taught in lectures & learning skills sessions.
Students will work on presentation skills through a small-group project that will focus on assessing health issues in a specific underserved community and suggesting an appropriate health intervention to ameliorate some of the community's health issues. Students will also enhance their communication skills by mentoring and teaching their peers in small group problem-based learning settings.
Students will develop individual academic plans to reach specific career goals. Students will participate in individual advisement sessions that will help prepare them to apply to health professional schools. Students will also have the opportunity to interact with medical, dental, and allied health students to discuss a range of career opportunities. Various health professionals will provide students with presentations to better understand pre-health professional requirements and the scope of practice of different health careers.
Students participate in a community-based health fair, weekly problem-based learning workshops on clinical cases, and a practical dental laboratory experience.
Start/End for Summer Program
June - July, 2021
How to get to UCLA
Airport to UCLA Parking Structure 32: Public transportation is available, the flyaway bus that departs from LAX and drops off at UCLA Parking Structure 32. One-way tickets are $10 (no cash accepted). More information can be found at https://main.transportation.ucla.edu/getting-to-ucla/travel-options/flyaway
UCLA Parking Structure 32 to Dormitories: On the day of orientation UCLA/CDU SHPEP will provide private shuttle vans that will take students from the parking structure to the dormitories.
From the 405 North: Take exit 57A for Sunset Blvd., Turn right onto Sunset Blvd., Turn right onto Bellagio Dr., Turn Right onto DeNeve Dr.
From the 405 South: Take exit 57 toward Sunset Blvd., Turn left onto N. Church Ln., turn left onto Sunset Blvd., Right onto Bellagio Dr., Turn Right onto DeNeve Dr.
Scholars will reside at the UCLA dormitories (Rieber Dorms) for the duration of the 6-week program. Two-three students of the same gender will occupy each room. Your room and roommate assignment will be given to you when you check in. No roommate requests please.
Disbursed in two installments during the first and fourth weeks of the program. Stipend is meant to cover the cost of lunch during the 6 weeks of the program (breakfast and dinner are provided).
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided.
Not provided; scholars are required to provide valid proof of health insurance coverage for the state of California prior to matriculation.
Yes, available on a need-basis
We do not recommend that you bring your own car to the summer program since parking at UCLA is expensive ($12/day or $288/session).
There are plenty of transportation options to get around UCLA and the surrounding area. Here are just a few:
UCLA Bruin Bus: a complimentary year-round bus service that serves the UCLA campus and the Wilshire Center
Big Blue Bus: Provides bus service to Santa Monica and the west side of Los Angeles, California.
Los Angeles Metro: Provides service from west LA to downtown and east LA. The website also has a trip planning tool.
Culver City Bus serves Westside communities of Venice, Westchester, Westwood, West Los Angeles, Palms, Marina Del Rey, Rancho Park, Mar Vista, Century City, and Culver City.
Student- Initiated Sunday tours of places such as the Fowler Museum, Venice Beach Surf and Sand, Santa Monica Beach Exercise Walk, and the Getty Museum.
Scholars may wear casual attire for most daily activities however, you will be asked to change if you wear clothing with offensive language or imagery, or of inappropriate size or length. There will be a few activities in which students will be asked to wear business casual clothing (slacks, skirts, button-up shirts/blouses). You will also be required to wear closed-toe shoes for lab and health fair experiences.