Program Overview:

The WesternU Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP), sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, offers an innovative approach to academic enrichment in the basic sciences  through team-based learning.  WesternU SHPEP is a rigorously inter-professional program offered in a diverse and vibrant urban environment. Student learning of foundational science, inter-professional teamwork, heath disparities and healthcare policy will be driven by weekly clinical cases.

WesternU SHPEP provides 4 different program tracks: Medicine, Dentistry, Physical Therapy, and Optometry. SHPEP’s goal is to strengthen the academic proficiency and career development of students underrepresented in the health professions. The program also strives to prepare students for a successful application and matriculation into health professions schools. Due to Covid-19 and necessary precautionary measures, WesternU SHPEP will run 100% virtually for this upcoming summer. We are confident that we can provide a positive, interactive, and in-depth curriculum that will enhance student confidence in the health professions.

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WesternU SHPEP Program Dates: June 21, 2021 – July 30, 2021

Opening Ceremony: Friday, June 18, 2021

Curriculum: June 21, 2021 – July 30, 2021

Closing Ceremony: Saturday, July 31, 2021

We look forward to seeing your application!

 WesternU SHPEP Webinar: 

On Thursday, January 7th, from 5-6:30pm (Pacific Time), the WesternU SHPEP Team will be hosting a webinar. Students will have an opportunity to learn about the WesternU tracks/professions, curriculum, faculty and more. For students that are interested in joining us, they may register using the following link:



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