Health Fields of Study


The Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) is a free 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. These students include, but are not limited to, individuals who identify as African American/Black, American Indian and Alaska Native and Hispanic/Latino, and who are from communities of socioeconomic and educational disadvantage. SHPEP, formerly known as the Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP), expanded in 2016 to include a broader array of health professions.

Creating a Culture of Health

The Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) is part of an effort by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) that works to build a Culture of Health. As the nation’s largest philanthropy focused on improving health and health care, RWJF is striving to build a national Culture of Health (visit http://www.cultureofhealth.org) that will enable all to live longer, healthier lives now and for generations to come. Aspiring health professionals are poised to be tomorrow’s change leaders in helping build a Culture of Health in their communities and the nation. And to bring about meaningful change, health professionals must know how to learn and work together across disciplines. SHPEP exposes students to a range of health professions to help realize this vision.

All students who meet the Summer Health Professions Education Program eligibility requirements are encouraged to apply. Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be a high school graduate and currently enrolled as a freshman or sophomore in college.
  • Have a minimum overall college 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.
  • Must not have previously participated in the program.

Other factors for consideration include that a student:

  • Identifies with a group that is racially/ethnically underrepresented in the health professions;
  • Comes from an economically or educationally disadvantaged background; and/or
  • Has demonstrated an interest in issues affecting underserved populations.
  • Submits a compelling personal statement and a strong letter of recommendation.

Click HERE for more information or to apply.

Are you Alaska Native or American Indian and interested in health research? Are you a researcher or public health professional interested in Alaska Native health research? Are you at least 18 years old?

The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) and Alaska Pacific University (APU) invite you to attend up to three weeks of courses held at APU covering:

  • Indigenous and Western research methodologies
  • Community-based participatory research
  • Culturally responsive community engagement and communication
  • Health research ethics
  • Health research and historical trauma

Choose the week(s) that best fits your needs:

  • Week one | May 6-10
    Advanced research courses
  • Week two | May 13-17
    Intermediate research ethics courses
  • Week three | May 20-24
    Introductory research courses

In addition to the three weeks of courses, five-week internships are being offered!

Cost:

  • There is no cost for the three weeks of courses
  • Limited scholarships for travel (including airfare, room and board) are offered
  • Academic credit available and professional development

Registration opens in February!  Check back for registration updates and instructions!

For more information go to http://anthc.org/indigenous-research/ or contact Lauren Smayda at lcsmayda@anthc.org or (907) 729-4551.

HEALTH POLICY FELLOWSHIP

Growing the Next Generation of Indian Health Advocates

NIHB Health Policy Fellows are a diverse group of talented Native youth who are dedicated to making a difference in their communities.

Fellows work directly with their Tribal leadership to identify one priority health issue. Then, with the support of program mentors, Fellows learn how to analyze policy in their issue area, create informed recommendations, and advocate for change.

Health Policy Fellows:

  • Learn about the policies that affect the health of Indian people
  • Grow their team-building and leadership skills
  • Educate their Congressional and Tribal leaders on important health issues
  • Learn tips for being effective advocates and community changemakers
  • Present at national conferences and gatherings
  • Contribute to the development of national and Tribal health programs and policies

Apply to Become a Health Policy Fellow

Applications are due March 30, 2019 by 11:59PM.
Download your application here. Then either mail, email or fax your application materials to:

Mailing Address:
National Indian Health Board
Attn: Youth Department
910 Pennsylvania Avenue SE
Washington, DC 20003

Email: wgardner@nihb.org

Fax Number: 1-202-507-4071

Please contact, Dr. Wendee Gardner, NIHB’s Youth Engagement Manager at wgardner@nihb.org or 202-548-7297 if you have any questions or want to learn more.

The University of Michigan Future Public Health Leaders Program (UM FPHLP) is a 10-week residential summer program funded by the CDC. UM FPHLP provides students with opportunities for growth, learning and awareness in the field of public health. The summer program is designed to encourage underrepresented college students to consider careers in public health. The 2019 program will run from May 28 – July 31, 2019 and includes public health and career mentorship, hands-on and practical field experience, seminars, lectures and workshops with public health leaders.
Applications are due January 31, 2019 11:59PM EST.

Eligibility:

  • Students who have completed at least two years (or equivalent) of undergraduate study from an accredited college or university in the U.S., Puerto Rico, or other U.S. territory;
  • Recent college graduates (Fall/Winter 2018 or Spring 2019) who have not been accepted into a graduate program;
  • U.S. citizen, permanent resident or U.S. National;
  •  African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian American, Hispanic/Latino, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, persons with disabilities, and economically disadvantaged individuals are strongly encouraged to apply; and
  • Minimum of 2.7 GPA is recommended.

*Note: Students with an Associates Degree must provide proof of acceptance into a 4-year institution.

To Apply: Create an account here, and:

  • Complete the online application (including essay section);
  • Provide unofficial University transcript(s) in PDF format;
  • Resume in PDF format; and
  • Provide two letters of recommendation uploaded by recommenders by January 31, 2019.

*Click here for tips for a stronger application.

Questions? If you have questions, please email fphl.program@umich.edu or call 734-763-1694.

The University of Michigan Future Public Health Leaders Program (U-M FPHLP) is a 10- week residential summer program that provides students with opportunities for growth, learning, and awareness in the field of public health. FPHLP students will be introduced to public health careers, strengthen and broaden their leadership for addressing health equity, increase their awareness of health disparities, build practical experiences, and develop a baseline understanding of the intersecting issues around public health. Housing and transportation are provided to selected participants, as well as a stipend to cover additional living expenses while in the program.

Applications open November 1, 2018. The deadline to apply is January 31, 2019 11:59pm EST. 

The 2018 Della Keats HS Summer 4-week program dates are confirmed:  7/15/18 to 8/10/18

The Della Keats Health Sciences Summer Program is a program offered to high school students in Alaska through the University of Alaska WWAMI School of Medical Education. The goal of the Della Keats Program is to foster, affirm, and encourage high school students’ interest in the medical professions by allowing them to explore health-care careers and to obtain a valuable introduction to college life.

Watch the You Tube video from 2009 Della Keats

Current high school juniors and seniors in Alaska who meet one or more of the following criteria are eligible to apply for the program:

  • Come from an ethnic minority background
  • Live in rural Alaska (off the road system)
  • Be a first-generation American
  • Be the first in his/her family to go to college
  • Speak English as a second language, and/or
  • Be economically disadvantaged

Housing/Tuition-There is no cost to participants in the program and dormitory housing is provided at no charge. A small stipend is provided to help cover food and miscellaneous expenses of participating in this program.

Apply to the 2018 Della Keats Health Sciences & Summer Research Programs.

Click HERE for more information.

The National Indian Health Board is now accepting applications for their 2018 Tribal Youth Health Policy Fellowship. Twelve Native youth from around the country will be selected to engage in Indian health policy solutions, tell their personal story, and advocate for changes in the healthcare and public health systems that affect their tribal communities.

Applications are due at 5pm ET on April 6, 2018. Click here to apply!

Eligibility: Applicants must

  • Be a member of a federally recognized tribe;
  • Be between the ages of 18-24;
  • Be in good academic standing;
  • Be actively engaged in their tribal community;
  • Have access to a phone and email account for monthly communications; and
  • Reside on or near tribal reservation.

To Apply: Submit the online application and include:

  • A completed adult recommendation from; and
  • A tribal leader letter of support.

Questions? Email  firstkids1st@nihb.org.

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