Summer Health Professions Education Program

The Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) at Howard University provides an outstanding academically enriched program that contributes to a culture of health and promotes diversity in health care. The program is designed to strengthen the academic proficiency and overall professional school readiness of talented students from groups that are disadvantaged and traditionally underrepresented in the health care professions.

A major goal of the SHPEP is to prepare the next generation of healthcare providers for their role in advancing the health of all communities throughout the U.S.A. Scholars gain a unique insight to the health professions through a rigorous, team-based, interprofessional, and culturally competent curriculum.

The program invites everyone to apply, especially those from all minority, socioeconomically, and/or educationally disadvantaged groups that are interested in pursuing careers in healthcare, and serving underserved communities.


Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. To date, Howard has awarded more than 120,000 degrees in the arts, the sciences, and the humanities. The historic main campus sits on a hilltop in Northwest Washington blocks from the storied U Street and Howard Theatre. We are two miles from the U.S. Capitol where many student’s intern and scores of alumni shape national and foreign policy.

The College of Medicine is internationally regarded for its illustrious legacy of students to become competent and compassionate physicians who provide health care in medically underserved communities at home and abroad. The College is a national leader in studying health disparities among people of color and is one of America's top institutions for training women surgeons. The Howard University Health Sciences division includes the Howard University Hospital and the Colleges of Dentistry, Pharmacy, Nursing and Allied Health Sciences.

The University's motto Veritas et UtilitasTruth and Service, represents a key part of our identity. The more than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students dedicate hundreds of hours each year to service in nearby LeDroit Park, around the nation and far-flung places around the world. Over the U.S. Peace Corps' 50-year history, more than 200 Howard graduates have served as volunteers around the globe, the highest number among Historically-Black Colleges.

Participating Colleges

The College of Medicine,

The College of Dentistry,

The Colleges of Nursing and Allied Health,

The College of Pharmacy,