Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP)


Established by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), the Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) is a free six-week summer enrichment and residential program for first and second year college students interested in the health professions. This program follows the former MMEP, SMEP and SMDEP programs.

Hosted at 13 institutions across the nation, the program aims to strengthen the academic proficiency and career development of students underrepresented in the health professions and prepare them for successful application and matriculation to health professions schools. 

As health care disparities continue to persist, SHPEP is committed to developing tomorrow's change leaders in helping build a Culture of Health in their communities and across the nation.


To be eligible students must:

  • Be a freshman or sophomore college student OR a community college student at the time of application 
  • Have a minimum overall GPA of 2.5
  • Be a US citizen, a permanent resident, or an individual granted deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) status by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
  • Not have previously participated in the program.

Other factors for consideration include that a student:

  • Identifies with a group that is racially/ethnically underrepresented in the health professions;
  • Comes from an economically or educationally disadvantaged background; and/or
  • Has demonstrated an interest in issues affecting underserved populations.
  • Submits a compelling personal statement and a strong letter of recommendation.


In order to apply to the SHPEP program at Columbia University, go to . Make sure to choose Columbia University as one of the sites when prompted.

All applications go through the national website and are then funneled to individual sites. If you have questions about the application, contact the SHPEP National site directly. If you have questions about the SHPEP program at Columbia University, contact the SHPEP Program Coordinator at

Program dates for Summer 2017: Friday, June 16 - Friday, July 28

Contact Us

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact the SHPEP team at Columbia University:

Columbia University,
College of Physicians and Surgeons
Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs
104 Haven Ave, Suite 10-03
New York, NY 10032
Phone: 212-305-4157

Please be sure to attend our Virtual Recruitment Fair on November 15th @ 6:00pm to learn more about this and other programs.

Click the image to RSVP!