Health care is an important and changing world that offers a wide range of careers in scientific research, medicine, mental health, public health, social work, rehabilitation, and administration, to name a few. It is also a world that increasingly demands highly skilled and knowledgeable practitioners who are well versed in the economical, cultural, and personal implications for consumers. The University of Pittsburgh Health Career Scholars Academy introduces students to the world of health care, including issues of primary care, preventions, public health, career exploration, human growth and development, and areas of practice.
June 24 - July 21, 2018
Who May Apply to UPHCSA
Academically talented high school students who are sophomores or juniors and age 15 at the time of the application deadline may apply to the Health Career Scholars Academy. Applicants are asked to demonstrate academic achievement, especially in the sciences, an interested or potential in health care and a record of leadership and service activities.
Costs and Commitment
Tuition, room, board, instructional materials and curriculum related social activities are included in the program fee of $2800 for 2018. Expenses for dorm group activities are not included. Families are responsible for student's transportation to and from the program, money for personal needs, for any library fines, and for any damages to the dorm or facilities. Students are expected to live on campus for the full four weeks of the program. They are expected to arrive promptly for all classes and program activities. The Health Career Scholars Academy cannot provide special facilities or alter schedules for formal athletic training, intensive music study or other commitments unrelated to the program.
The UPHCSA Student Selection Process
The application has four parts. The applicant completes the PErsonal Data Form, attaching essays. A science teacher and another teacher/activities advisor complete reference forms. The applicant's guidanc counselor completes a recommendation form and attaches the transcript, attendance record, and, if available, class standing and test scores. The applicant is responsible for gathering the four parts, assembling and submitting the completed application to the UPHCSA office.
A selection committed comprised of health care professionals, educators and other officials reads the applications. All information provided in an application is taken into account, with emphasis on the student's essays, activities resume and the transcript. The panel looks for excellence in written expression, originality and depth of thought, ability to contribute to living/learning community, and a strong interest in health care. The panel reviews the extracurriciular resume for evidents of volunteerism, involvement in community activities and leadership. Teacher references are read for evidence of scholarship, maturity, responsibility, initiative and positive reaction to criticism.
The panel will select 100 students.
February 15, 2018
412-647-5362 (weekdays, 8:30am - 4:00pm, except holidays)