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Health Sciences Preparatory Program

The Health Sciences Preparatory Program (HSPP) has two specific goals:

  1. Enhance student diversity in professional health sciences. 
  2. Enhance the educational preparedness of students for participation in health sciences programs.

This program contributes to these goals by providing a curriculum in which each student is taught principles that are foundational to professional health sciences programs in medicine, nursing or biomedical research. The HSPP comprises a year-long curriculum and training experience that combines instruction in the core academic subjects of biochemistry, physiology and epidemiology/ biostatistics together with courses focused on professional skills development. 

The result is a cadre of students who are well grounded in disciplines considered essential for competitive admission into and long-term success in professional health sciences programs. The HSPP is designed as a pre-matriculation program for enrollment in the School of Medicine (SOM), but classes are also available to those interested in preparation for enrollment in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS) or the Graduate School of Nursing (GSN). 

HSPP Leadership Team:

Mariann Manno, M.D., EdM, FAAP

Professor of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine
Associate Dean for Admissions-School of Medicine and
Prematriculation Programs 

Deborah Harmon Hines, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, Dept. of Radiology
Special Assistant to the Provost

Kendall L. Knight, Ph.D.
Professor, Dept of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology
Assistant Vice Provost for Admissions, UMMS
Associate Dean, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences