Program Contact

Contact: LaKaija Johnson, MPH, MPS

Phone Number: (402) 559-5932


Program Information

Location: University of Nebraska Medical Center Colleges of Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, Public Health, and Allied Health Professions (Physical Therapy) Omaha, Nebraska


Start/End Dates: TBD

Academic Credit: No


The University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC), is one of the nation’s leading academic health science centers and Nebraska’s only state supported health science center. UNMC’s mission is to lead the world in transforming lives to create a healthy future for all individuals and communities through premier educational programs, innovative research and extraordinary patient care. UNMC supports programs that lead to affordable and quality health care, clinical education, and community based services. In this role, we are committed to expanding the diversity of the health sciences workforce.

Our six-week SHPEP provides scholars with an interest in Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, Public Health, or Physical Therapy with academic enrichment in the basic sciences and math, clinical experiences, career development activities, learning and study skills seminars, and a financial planning workshop.  Multiple career development sessions are intentionally distributed across all of the represented disciplines and will be used to direct scholars towards the exploration of various health professions, demystifying the admissions process, and the development of individualized education plans.

Academic enrichment: Courses are taught by faculty from UNMC and other area colleges, universities, and healthcare facilities. Lectures are supplemented with small-group interactive learning discussions led by current UNMC students that serve as Teaching Assistants.

Monday through Thursday classes meet on the UNMC Campus in Omaha in the Michael F. Sorrell Center for Health Science Education. Focused dental activities take place at the UNMC College of Dentistry in Lincoln (50 miles southwest of Omaha) on Fridays, while all other scholars remain in Omaha for clinical and community based experiences.

Clinical Experience: Scholars are provided opportunities to shadow healthcare providers in an array of settings at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Nebraska Medicine, local agencies, clinics and hospitals in the metropolitan area. UNMC SHPEP Scholars are also given the opportunity to learn and practice hands-on skills in simulated environments in the state of the art Interprofessional Experiential Center for Enduring Learning (iEXCEL).


Meals: SHPEP scholars are provided three meals a day, Monday through Friday. Breakfast and an evening meal are at Scott Crossing and for lunch, scholars are provided with meal tickets redeemable at the cafes on campus.  On weekend days, SHPEP scholars are provided brunch and an evening meal.  A vegetarian/vegan selection is available at each meal. Other dietary needs can be accommodated upon request.

Travel Assistance: Scholars are given a travel stipend to assist with the cost of travel to/from Omaha. The travel stipend provides for round-trip coach airfare paid up to $500 or car travel up to $500 for those traveling more than 50 miles to Omaha.  Upon arrival to and departure from Omaha we provide free shuttle service to and from the airport. 

Stipend: The UNMC SHPEP program will provide a $600 stipend.  A $200 stipend will be distributed in two installments ($300 at the end of the first week, $200 at the end of the third week, and $200 at the end of the sixth week).


Housing: SHPEP scholars at UNMC reside in Scott Crossing located on the University of Nebraska Omaha (UNO) campus. All rooms are suites that contain a shower, a vanity with double sink, and a twin-sized bed, bureau, desk, and chair for each occupant (4) in a private bedroom within the suite. A common living area with a sink, microwave oven, and refrigerator as well as love seat and chair is also part of each suite.  The 4 occupants share a bathroom. Weekly house-keeping and linen/towel service is provided.

SHPEP scholars have unlimited access to a fitness room, study lounges with computers and TVs, multimedia Room for gaming and movies, and coin-operated laundry facilities within the building. Movie rentals, cooking facilities, and other amenities are also available.

Seven UNMC students serve as resident assistants and live in the residence halls with SHPEP scholars.

Health Insurance: Scholars must have proof of health insurance. A short-term policy can be purchased that will provide coverage for the duration of the program.

Social Activities: Throughout the program, scholars have numerous opportunities to attend other events and attractions in the Omaha area. One unique feature of our program is that the scholars can attend both the opening ceremonies and one of the games of the NCAA College World Series. Other activities planned include a summer concert, scholar talent show, travel to Mahoney State Park, Omaha’s world-renowned Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, and the 4th of July city fireworks celebration.