Program Contact

Contact: Maria J. Moreno

Phone Number: (909) 469 8239


Program Information

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


Start/End Dates: June 20, 2020 - July 18, 2020

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, health 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, as availabilities permit. Student accommodations and dining will be provided at partnering host college, Pitzer College, near WesternU.

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 meals will be provided at Pitzer College. 

Travel Assistance: Travel will be reimbursed with a cap of $500.

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 (Claremont, CA)

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 will be offered to students. Some weekend trips can include beach visits, Hollywood, theme parks and hiking local mountains and visiting Joshua Tree National Park.