Program Contact

Contact: Helen Musharbash

Phone Number: (909) 469 8277


Program Information

Location: Southern California campus of Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, California, 30 miles east of Los Angeles.


Start/End Dates: TBD

Academic Credit: No


The WesternU Summer Health Professions Education Program offers an innovative approach to academic enrichment in basic sciences through team-based learning.  WesternU SHPEP is a rigorously inter-professional program offered in a diverse and vibrant urban environment. Student learning of foundational science, inter-professional teamwork, heath disparities and healthcare policy will be driven by weekly clinical cases.

Western University of Health Sciences is a comprehensive graduate health sciences university in the city of Pomona, 30 miles east of Los Angeles.  In addition to the career pathways in Medicine, Dentistry, Physical Therapy and Optometry, SHPEP participants at WesternU with an interest in other health care professions will have the opportunity to participate in advanced experiences in Physician Assistant, Nursing (including Nurse Practitioner), Pharmacy, and Podiatric Medicine. Student accommodations and dining are provided at the beautiful campus of Pitzer College, a member of the Claremont Colleges Consortium.

Clinical Experience: Opportunities to shadow clinicians in the WesternU Patient Care Center can be made by individual arrangement outside of scheduled class hours.


Meals: Weekday breakfast and dinner and all weekend meals provided at Pitzer College.  Weekday Lunches provided at WesternU.

Travel Assistance: Round trip coach airfare reimbursed from locations outside Southern CA. For travel inside a 350 mile radius of WesternU, public transportation will be reimbursed at full cost of round trip ticket. Private taxi/car service will be reimbursed up to $80.00, each way.  Personal car travel will be reimbursed at a mileage rate of .545 per mile.    

Stipend: $600 will be distributed in two equal amounts to program participants at the beginning of week 1 and in week 5 of program.


Housing: Pitzer College dormitories, double occupancy.

Health Insurance: Not provided. Students must have their own insurance or purchase coverage.

Social Activities: Southern California offers an incredible variety of recreational opportunities.  Optional weekend social activities offered will include beach visits, Hollywood, theme parks and hiking local mountains and in Joshua Tree National Park.