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Undergraduate Pre-Health Programs

The Colorado AHEC Program offers a statewide undergraduate summer program designed to introduce students to health profession careers and to strengthen basic knowledge in the sciences and mathematics. The CREATE Health Scholars program was designed to help undergraduate students accelerate their progress in health careers while participating in a statewide movement addresses regional health challenges. The University of Colorado Office of Diversity & Inclusion also offers a program for pre-health students. The Undergraduate Pre-Health Program was created to address health disparities and the declining numbers of first-generation and underrepresented students entering the health professions.

Co-HPD Scholars Program: The Co-HPD Scholars is a year-long program with a one-month intensive summer for undergraduates in Colorado colleges and universities interested in the health field. The purpose of the Co-HPD Scholars grant 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 with the assistance of high school students. 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, contact Jennifer Hellier, at or 303.724.6489

Undergraduate Pre-Health Program: The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus – Office of Diversity and Inclusion 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.

Students will enroll in a 13-month Undergraduate Pre-Health Program. Topics will include health disparities in underserved communities and career and educational opportunities in healthcare. The courses will be taught by distinguished UCD faculty, staff, and students and will consist of lectures, demonstrations, and professional development.

The program will start in April with a program orientation. Then the participants will participate in an 8-12 week summer program. After the summer program, the participants will be required to attend Saturday Academies once a month (From September 2011 - May 2012).

For more information contact Christian Valtierra, Assistant Director of the CU Anshutz Medical Campus Office of Diversity and Inclusion at or 303-724-8003.

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