Program Contact

Contact: Sonja Tutsch, PhD, 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 22, 2022- August 2, 2022

Academic Credit: No


The Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) at the University of 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, and Pharmacy. 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 our future successful health professionals, who will be tasked with assuring health equity, access and delivering culturally and linguistically competent health 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 professional disciplines represented, and are used to support scholars in their exploration of various health professions, and to demystify the admissions process to health profession schools. The University Nebraska Medical Center is committed to preparing and growing a diverse and passionate health professions workforce. We strongly encourage students from underrepresented and divergent backgrounds to apply.

COVID-19 Institution Policies:

Masks are required for all indoor activities at this site.

Vaccination is required to attend this site.

More information regarding the campus COVID-19 policies:

Clinical Experience: Due to ongoing uncertainties around the COVID-19 pandemic, we are unable to guarantee job shadowing placements. However, we will continue to support scholars in securing shadowing opportunities in their local communities through special workshops and in collaboration with each of the scholars respective learning community leads.


Meals: On weekdays we provide scholars with three meals per day. On weekends and holidays, scholars are provided brunch and dinner. We strive to accommodate all dietary restrictions of which we are made aware. 

Stipend: The UNMC SHPEP program will provide a $600 stipend distributed in two 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.


Social Activities: UNMC offers a generous line up of social activities. Field trips include visits to the Lincoln State Capitol, the world famous Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, the Omaha College World Series Championships, area state parks, as well as forest climbing and zip-lining adventures. All scholars are assigned to social activity and residence life leads who engage small teams of scholars in structured daily community building activities. Scholars have the option to run for a position on the  SHPEP UNMC Student Advisory Board (SAB), which, among other things, is responsible for organizing and leading various events and wellness activities throughout the duration of the program. SAB elections take place virtually in advance of the start of the program.