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School & Program Updates

Iowa Summer Program Receives Grant to Help Prepare Underrepresented Students to Explore Health Careers

The University of Iowa recently received a $415,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to help prepare students from underrepresented groups for careers in health care.

The Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) is a free, six-week 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 health care to prepare them for success in a broad array of 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.

The College of Public Health,  Carver College of Medicine, College of Dentistry, and College of Pharmacy are spearheading the program on the UI campus.

“We’re excited to introduce students to public health,” says Dr. Tanya Uden-Holman, associate dean for academic affairs in the College of Public Health. “It’s a collaborative, multidisciplinary field that touches almost every aspect of daily life and makes a real difference in the health of communities.”

SHPEP offers students a variety of academic and career experiences:

The deadline to apply is March 1, 2017. The program will run at the University of Iowa June 19 through July 28, 2017.

For more information or to apply online, visit