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Colorado AHEC Health Career Exploration Programs

AHEC Career Exploration

Colorado Area Health Education Center (COAHEC) invites High School Students from Colorado to apply for a weeklong health care career exploration camp.  Fifty applicants will be selected to come to camp on July 19 – 25, 2020. The students will stay on the CU Boulder Campus and go on three-day trips to the CU Anschutz Medical Campus. Camp counselors, in a ratio of 1:10, will be comprised of students in health professions programs as well as undergraduate pre-health students. Matt Hess, the Associate Director of Programs for the Colorado AHEC Program Office, will oversee the program with support from the COAHEC Program Office. The application will open on February 15, 2020, and the application deadline is April 15, 2020.

Obesity and Cadaver Lab Experience


The mission of Obesity and Cadaver Lab Experience is to encourage students from all regions of the state to pursue a healthy lifestyle and to understand some of the unique challenges that those with obesity face.


  • To educate Colorado students on obesity and how it affects the human body, as well as the unique challenges that individuals with obesity face in the healthcare system.
  • To provide these students interested in a health career the opportunity to gain exposure to a cadaver lab and learn how to perform vitals.

Cadaver Experience

This is a 4-hour experience includes a one hour lecture on obesity and how excess fat affects the body. During the experience, high school students also get 3 hours of lab time where they rotate amongst 3 stations. These stations include: viewing a human cadaver, viewing pathological human organs, and learning how to perform vitals on each other. There is a per-student fee associated with this experience.​

If you are interested in bringing a group of students to the Cadaver Experience or in working at the lab to provide this experience, please contact:

Matthew Hess

303.724.0533 ​

boyinteractdhealth.jpgDiscover 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 healthcare 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.​

Hosted on the Anschutz Medical Campus:  Science Discovery One week Courses

Join us for 2020 Science Discovery at CU Anschutz – multiple weeks, open to rising 11th and 12th-grade students (must be at least 16 years old). 

CU Pre-Health Day has been developed and created to provide pre-college, undergraduate, and graduate-level students and pre-health advisors with information that can help ensure success in a health-related admissions process. By offering attendees access to admissions professionals and faculty, our Pre-Health Day event represents an exceptional opportunity for all prospective students with an interest in a health-related course of study. 

Our annual event will be held at the Anschutz Medical Campus on Saturday, October 3, 2020  

Visit our website for the most up to date information: CU Pre-Health Day

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