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Iowa: Participates in Summer Health Professions Education Program

The University of Iowa is one of 12 universities hosting the Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP), a free six week summer enrichment program funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) that is 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.

At the University of Iowa, students may choose from tracks in the College of Public Health, Carver College of Medicine, College of Dentistry, and College of Pharmacy and learn about the variety of opportunities available in the healthcare field and help them decide which career they are interested in pursuing. Students also have opportunities to improve study skills, understand and learn how to improve health disparities, and enhance networking skills.

Students in the public health track are introduced to the broad range of career paths available in the field and have the opportunity to shadow professionals working in local organizations that provide public health related services. They also tour the State Hygienic Laboratory to learn about disease detection, environmental monitoring, and newborn and maternal screening.

More information about SHPEP at Iowa.

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