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Undergraduate Pre-Health Program

Office of Inclusion and Outreach

The Undergraduate Pre-Health Program (UPP) started in the spring of 2006; the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus partners with Kaiser Permanente Health Plan of Colorado for the 13-month program. Both Organizations are committed to helping increase the number of historically underrepresented individuals within the health care professions for the purpose of reducing health disparities among underserved communities in Colorado.

By participating in the program students will learn about health disparities, health policy and social justice issues that impact equity in healthcare. The courses are taught by distinguished University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and Kaiser Permanente, faculty, staff and students. Topics will consist of lectures demonstration, interactive presentations, personal and professional development. The program is designed to expose students to the many facets of health care. 

The program will start with a summer orientation held at the end of summer 2017. Saturday Academy workshops will be held once monthly during Fall 2017 - Spring 2018. The summer portion of the program will take place May 2018 - August 2018 (summer internship participation is contingent upon successful completion of Saturday Academies).

During the summer portion of the program students will foster sense of togetherness, community, cohesiveness and cooperative learning that is essential for their success in post-baccalaureate programs. Participants will present on their summer experience at the UPP End of Summer Colloquium. Students will formally and informally meet and are mentored by current medical students, pharmacy student, public health students, dental students and graduate students. Prior to the summer internship participants are required to attend Saturday Academies throughout the academic year. Students are potentially provided with a scholarship to take a Kaplan Review Course prior to taking MCAT, GRE, PCAT and DAT.

The program offers opportunities for students in career exploration from the Colorado School of Public Health, College of Nursing, School of Medicine, School of Pharmacy, Graduate School and the School of Dental Medicine at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Also, students will have direct access to faculty, deans, and staff on the campus. Students will have the opportunity to work in research both clinical and scientific research, shadowing of healthcare professionals, coaching year-round, tutoring and review session, Exam review (i.e. MCAT, PCAT, DAT, GRE), assistance with graduate and professional school applications, letters of recommendations, writing personal statements, interview skills, mentoring opportunities and post-graduate program opportunities. Students are provided with monetary support during the summer to provide summer earnings.


Students are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, and an interest in the Healthcare professions. We encourage students from underrepresented groups or categories (first generation college attendee, low income/financial need, or ethnic minority such as Black or African American, Hispanic (i.e. Chicano, Mexican, Latino, Puerto Rican, Cuban, or Central American, or of Spanish origin), American Indian or Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, and Asian) to apply. Applicants must have completed at least one year of college before the start of the program (30 or more credits). Applicants must be full-time during the duration of the program, specifically during the fall and spring semesters and should not be graduating until the following academic year. Applicants must be US citizens or have Permanent Resident status. Students are not permitted to work part-time jobs or take any additional classes (exceptions for online classes may be granted on an individual basis) during the summer portion of the program.

Application Requirements

  • Minimum GPA of 3.3 overall (preferred 3.5 GPA)
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation (at least one from science faculty)
  • Must answer essay the questions/prompts . You will explain how the program will contribute to your career goals and aspirations. 
  • Current official transcript(s)
  • Commitment not to be enrolled in courses or take on part-time jobs
  • Interview

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