Program Contact

Contact: Monique Galpin

Phone Number: (319) 936-5064


Program Information

Location: University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA


Start/End Dates: June 5, 2022- July 16, 2022

Academic Credit: No


The University of Iowa Health Sciences Colleges are pleased to offer an enriching six-week experience with SHPEP. The Health Sciences Colleges include the Carver College of Medicine, College of Dentistry, College of Pharmacy, and College of Public Health. We strongly believe in the value of exposing students from underrepresented backgrounds to the possibility of pursuing health fields and supporting their goals in accomplishing that dream to help improve the health of society at large.

Through in-depth experiences with one of the colleges listed above, scholars in our program will learn about the variety of opportunities available in the healthcare field to help them decide which career they are interested in pursuing. Additionally, the students will have opportunities to improve study techniques, understand and learn how to improve health disparities, and enhance networking skills. Each scholar will have the opportunity to take one basic science course including Anatomy/Physiology, Physics, and Organic Chemistry to help prepare for future enrollment in these courses. Scholars will also learn how to best work in healthcare teams with our Interprofessional Education curriculum. Scholars will work with hands-on materials such as suturing kits, dental molds, and pharmacy compounding kits, depending on their track. There will also be a “switch week” where scholars can engage with other tracks in the program.

COVID-19 Institution Policies:

Masks are required for all indoor activities at this site

COVID vaccine is strongly encouraged

More information regarding the campus COVID-19 policies:


Clinical Experience: There will be opportunities to work virtually with an underserved health clinic with the University of Iowa Mobile Clinic.


Meals: Meals will be covered for program scholars.

Stipend: Two installments of $300.00 disbursed on week 1 and week 3 of the program.


Social Activities: Activities will include, but are not limited to: welcome reception, dance, graduation reception, and a reunion event where scholars can network with SHPEP alumni. There will also be a variety of Iowa City community events, including Pride Festival, Jazz Festival, free outdoor movies, and the Iowa City Block Party.