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Programs for Students at All Levels

The Colorado AHEC Program works to expand the healthcare workforce through pipeline programs. We are committed to connecting students to health careers. Programs are designed for students from kindergarten through health profession programs.

Find out about offerings for:

Undergraduate Students 

Colorado- HPD Scholars

The CO-HPD Scholars is a year-long program with a one-month intensive summer for undergraduates in Colorado universities and colleges interested in the health field. The purpose of the CO-HPD Scholars program is to improve, enhance and support pre-health education in rural and urban underserved communities. Co-HPD also provides assistance for students as they prepare to take the MCAT, DAT, GRE, PCAT and assistance as they prepare applications to graduate school and licensing programs. During the intensive summer session, we help students develop advanced skills in math, science and language arts, and we provide hands on training in Allied Health, Advocacy & Policy, Behavioral Health, Communications, Environmental Health, Health Business, Food & Nutrition, Medicine, Nursing, Oral Health, Pharmacy, Public Health, and Research. During the school year CO-HPD Scholars will work within their communities to tackle regional health challenges.  CO-HPD Scholars will also provide students with pre-health professions counseling so that they are successful in moving from undergraduate career to advanced training and into their chosen professional fields. For more information on the CO-HPD Scholars, 

K-12 Students 

Undergraduate Pre-Health Program

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus – Office of Inclusion and Outreach and Kaiser Permanente Colorado partner to provide summer internships for undergraduate students interested in pursuing careers related to healthcare. Both organizations are committed to helping increase the number of historically underrepresented individuals within healthcare professions for the purpose of reducing health disparities among underserved communities in Colorado.

By participating in the program students will learn about health disparities, diseases that are impacting their community and the prevention and treatment options for the diseases.  The courses are taught by distinguished University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus faculty, staff, and students and will consist of lectures, demonstrations and professional development.  The program is designed to expose students to the many facets of health care.  

The program will start in April with a program orientation. Then the participants will participate in an 10-12 week summer program. 

For more information contact the Office of Inclusion and Outreach, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus at 303-724-8003 or​.

Discover Health Project

The University of Colorado’s Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) Program Office, in collaboration with the STAR Library Education Network (STAR_Net), and CLACE present Discover Health/Descubre la Salud, a project funded by the National Institutes of Health Science Education Partnership Award. This traveling exhibition addresses the nation’s most serious public health issues, especially among underserved and rural populations (diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular health). It also encourages youth, especially those from at-risk communities to pursue careers in health care professions. The project engages students, families, and adults by using a strategic combination of interactive exhibits and activities in both English and Spanish presented at public libraries, community health festivals, and career events.  Click here for more information.


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