Program Contact

Contact: Sonja Tutsch, MPH

Phone Number: (402) 559-5932


Program Information

Location: University of Nebraska Medical Center Colleges of Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, and Public Health, Omaha, Nebraska


Start/End Dates: June 16, 2020 - July 15, 2020

Academic Credit: No


The Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) at the University Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) offers a dynamic and interdisciplinary academic enrichment experience that emphasizes a global approach to learning. Our cross-cutting interprofessional curriculum is comprised of faculty and staff from the UNMC Colleges of Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, Public Health, and Allied Health Professions (Physical Therapy). We strive to graduate confident and proud SHPEP Scholars’ ready to pursue their educational goals and dreams. Our six week program is focused around essential competences required of successful health professionals of tomorrow, who will be tasked with assuring health equity and delivering culturally and linguistically competent health care services. Critical elements of the UNMC SHPEP curriculum include a broad spectrum of resilience and personal health and wellness promotion, fostering self-care practices, problem solving, time-, and financial management, and study skills. UNMC SHPEP Scholars are involved in a wide range of academic enrichment activities in the basic and social sciences, and interactive workshops aimed at strengthening students’ research and inquiry skills. 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, and demystifying the admissions process. The University Nebraska Medical Center is committed to growing a diverse and passionate health professions workforce. We strongly encourage students from underrepresented and divergent backgrounds to apply.


Clinical Experience: Each of our Scholars will be provided with one two to four hour shadowing experience. Scholars are matched/pre-assigned to one shadowing opportunity based on their health profession focus area. UNMC SHPEP Scholars are engaged in hands-on learning activities with their respective health profession college each Friday, and are also given the opportunity to engage in hands-on skills in simulated environments in the state of the art Interprofessional Experiential Center for Enduring Learning (iEXCEL).


Meals: Our SHPEP Scholars are provided two to three meals a day throughout their time with us. Brunch and dinner on weekends, and breakfast, lunch, and dinner on weekdays. Meals are served at the Scott Crossing Campus dining hall. For lunch on weekdays, scholars receive meal tickets redeemable at any one of our Sodexo campus cafes or coffee shops. A common and popular campus lunch destination, the Nebraska Café at University Tower offers a remarkable selection of healthy food choices.  For meals away from campus we make every effort to meet the needs of dietary restrictions that we are aware of.

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 mileage reimbursement at established University of Nebraska rate up to $500 for those traveling by car more than 40 miles (80 miles round-trip) 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 distributed in three installments The first installment of $300 is paid to scholars on Friday afternoon of the second week of the program, and the second installment of $300 is distributed the Friday of the fourth week of the program.


Housing: SHPEP scholars at UNMC reside in Scott Crossing located on the University of Nebraska Omaha (UNO) campus. Scholars are assigned to 3 to 4 bedroom suites, which contain a shower, a vanity with double sink, bureau, desk, and chair for each occupant. Scholars enjoy their own private bedroom (twin size bed) 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. Suite-Mates 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. Scholars are assigned to one of seven learning communities, which consist of 12 to 14 Scholars and are led by UNMC students who serve as Residence Life & Social Activity Leads.

Health Insurance: Scholars must provide proof of health insurance. A short-term policy can be purchased that will provide coverage for the duration of the program. Limited assistance is available to students who experience financial hardship.

Social Activities: Throughout their time with us, Scholars are involved in a wide range of unique and exciting social activities both on and off campus. You will visit and explore a number of greater Omaha area attractions and events. We will take you out for some Shinrin-Yoku (forest bathing) at Fontenelle Forest, invite you to attend Chats on the Green with thought leaders and wide range of health professionals, health scientists, and community practice partners, challenge you to participate in our talent show, GoApe, and so much more!