High School Health Careers Program (HSHCP)

Program Dates: Monday June 29, 2015 - Friday July 24, 2015
Application Submission Begins: November 15, 2014

Deadline to Apply: March 13, 2015

The High School Health Careers Program (HSHCP) is a four week, tuition-free, day program. It offers current sophomore and junior high school students unique opportunities to learn about the broad spectrum of careers in Biomedical Research, Biotechnology and the health professions (BBHP). It is designed to improve academic study and communication skills of the participants.

The program includes enrichment classes and classroom sessions including Language Arts skills, Mathematics, Science/Biology, and Information Technology and Cultural and Contemporary Health Issues Seminars. Additionally, the HSHCP offers participants  internships that give them the opportunity to interact with physicians and other healthcare professionals. Upon successful completion of the program, each participant is awarded a Certificate of Achievement and a stipend.

The program is open to Massachusetts residents who are sophomores or juniors in a Massachusetts high school.

(See other eligibility requirements in this section)


2014 HSHCP Participants

Program Summary

The High School Health Careers Program (HSHCP) at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) was initiated in the 1970’s with the goal of increasing the number of students entering (BBHP). The program targets Massachusetts high school sophomores and juniors from groups that are under-represented in BBHP and/or disadvantaged backgrounds. This program encourages participants to work smart; improve study, communication and time management skills; graduate from high school; and prepare for college.

This four-week program provides the participants with an integrated academic enrichment curriculum in Science/Biology, Mathematics, English, Communication Skills and Information Technology. Field trips reinforce the science curriculum. Participants are required to complete a Health Disparities Research Project on a cultural group in Massachusetts. Participants meet health care professionals and scientists through their assigned observer/internships and Cultural Contemporary Health Issues seminars.

Program evaluation instruments include standardized pre-tests and post-tests. These tests are the Cognitive Abilities Test that measures developmental and cognitive abilities in verbal, quantitative and non-verbal areas; and the Nelson-Denny Reading Comprehension Test that measures vocabulary, reading comprehension, and reading rate. Instructors and internship hosts provide written evaluations of the participants’ level of engagement within their individual classrooms and departments. Participants are required to complete an anonymous post-program survey evaluation.

Program outcomes have been encouraging. Over 500 HSHCP participants have been tracked for their: 1) completion of high school; 2) enrollment and completion of post-secondary certificate programs; 3) enrollment and completion of two and four-year colleges; 4) enrollment and completion of professional schools; 5) employment in the BBHP.