UF Summer Health Professions Education Program

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

New this year, UF SHPEP 2023 will be offered in a hybrid delivery format. During the first two weeks of the program, all events, workshops, and instruction will be held virtually. All programming during the remaining four weeks will take place in-person on the University of Florida campus in Gainesville, FL, during which participants will be provided on-campus housing and meals.



SHPEP Program Coordinator
Phone: 352-294-8628
Email: uf-shpep@ufl.edu
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Application Deadlines

The application for the UF SHPEP 2023 cohort will open on November 1, 2022 and close on February 5, 2023 at 11:59pm (EST). Admissions decisions will be released on March 15, 2023.

Application Considerations

Consideration is given to applications who Identify with a group that is racially/ethnically underrepresented in the health professions. Additional considerations include that the applicant comes from economically and educationally disadvantaged backgrounds, however all applications are considered.

Application Requirements

  • Have a GPA of 2.5 or above
  • Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or an individual granted deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) status by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
  • New participant to SHPEP (not have previously participated in the program)
  • Be a college freshman or sophomore at the time of application and possess 60 credits or less


Pharmacy Career Pathway

A pathway within the SHPEP program will introduce future health professions students to exciting career opportunities in pharmacy.

SHPEP Pharmacy Group

Highlights of the Pharmacy Career Pathway

  • Learn about the many diverse career opportunities in the field of pharmacy
  • Shadow pharmacists in a variety of practice settings including clinical pharmacy, hospital pharmacy, research labs, community pharmacy and compound pharmacy
  • Have the opportunity to meet and interact with pharmacy faculty and students
  • Exposure to the pharmaceutical skills lab
  • Make connections, bond, and network with students who have similar goals


Why UF?

With 12 SHPEP program sites across the nation, what makes UF exceptional?

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UF SHPEP Mass Casualty/Disaster Drill Simulation through UF Health

We stress the importance of Interprofessional Training in a unique way specific to the University of Florida SHPEP site. Scholars are given the opportunity to participate in a Disaster Drill/Mass Casualty Simulation with the participation of all six health colleges. Health Professionals ranging from Emergency Medicine, Pharmacy, county First-responders, and various faculty members and students within these six colleges come together to give our scholars a hands-on learning experience with emergency situations. Sven Normann, Pharm.D., a clinical associate professor of pharmacotherapy and translational research in the UF College of Pharmacy, developed the mass casualty/disaster drill simulation in 2017 and led the exercise.

*WARNING* Fake but realistic wounds and make-up used during this simulation.

The UF Health Science Center is the country’s only academic health center with six health-related colleges located on a single, contiguous campus.

What to expect at SHPEP?

Students selected to attend UF SHPEP get an opportunity to gain academic enrichment while also immersing into Gator Culture through:


Can I participate in SHPEP if I am a junior or senior in college, or if I have already graduated from college?
No. SHPEP is exclusively for current freshman and sophomore college students.

I am a freshman and have not received my grades yet. Can I submit my high school transcript?
High school transcripts are not accepted. If you are a freshman and you have not received your first semester grades, please allow them to be finalized before you submit your transcripts.

Can the recommendation be submitted by a previous employer or high school teacher?
If a recommendation cannot be submitted by a pre-health advisor or college professor within your major, the National Program Office will accept one from an employer that is within a health professions field or from a science high school teacher.

I’m applying online and I see medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, and public health as my career path choice – I’m interested in another career in health, what do I do?

While students select from four main concentrations – Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, and Public Health – selected students will be given the opportunity to learn hands on about veterinary medicine, nursing, physician assistant, and a number of public health professions such as Clinical and Health Psychology, Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences, Health Administration, Occupational Therapy, and Physical Therapy. It is at the student’s discretion which concentration they should choose when they apply.

Will meals be provided during my time at UF SHPEP ?

Dining debit cards are provided to all scholars to use at University of Florida’s dining locations on campus. All dining locations are open seven days a week.

I don’t have health insurance. Is there a UF health insurance option for successful applicants?

If a scholar does not have insurance, a limited insurance plan will be purchased by the UF SHPEP program for that scholar.

Will I have free time to explore Gainesville?

Scholars have a full menu of extracurricular activities to enjoy. Possible adventures include: touring UF Museums, talent show, kayaking, disc golf, volleyball, swimming, tubing, social gatherings with professional students, bowling, movies, and summer concerts on the plaza.

Is housing provided? Where will I live during UF SHPEP?

Scholars stay in dormitories located in the center of campus free of cost.

Should I bring a car? How will I get around?

Dorms are a ten-minute walk from the Health Science Center. Scholars also have free access to the campus and city buses.

Will I receive aid with travelling to Gainesville?

Travel expenses will be compensated.

How does the stipend work?

Scholars will receive a $600 stipend.

Is there a cost to attending UFSHPEP?

No. Students will be provided with housing,meals, and a stipend that will cover through the 6-weeks.

Who should I pick to write reference letters for me?
This should be someone who knows your academic and personal character. Ideally this should be a pre-health advisor and/or a college professor. If none of these persons know you well enough, a high school science teacher or a local dentist or physician who knows you well is acceptable.

For more answers concerning admissions and all things SHPEP, go to http://www.shpep.org/apply-to-shpep/faqs/

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