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Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP) Summer Public Health Science Institute (SPHSI) for Rising 6-12 grade students

Event Type
Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP)
Jun 24, 2013 - Aug 2, 2013   9:00 am - 3:00 pm  
Registration - PDF
Dorothy Washington Calvin
(312) 355-2951
Originating Calendar
Diversity and Inclusion

Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP) Summer Public Health Science Institute (SPHSI) for Rising 6-12 grade students

Application Deadline: May 20, 2013 

Click the following link to download the application '2013 Summer Public Health Science Institute (SPHSI).

Sponsored by the Bureau of Health Professions U.S. Department of HHS-HRSA and Division of Health Careers Diversity and Development

Cost: The entire program is FREE

Program dates & Times: June 24-August 2, Monday-Friday, 9:00am-3:00pm

Location: UIC School of Public Health 1603 W. Taylor Chicago, IL 60612 

The purpose of the SPHSI is to:

  • Provide academic enrichment for mathematics, reading, writing, science, standardized test-taking strategies, social development/enhancement skills, field trips and research
  • Increase awareness of public health, its relevance to society and its career paths
  • Better prepare students for entry into health professions schools
  • Improve test taking skills
  • Prepare and motivate students to take competitive courses such as Honors and AP
  • Provide workshops on how to compete for best scholarship offers; the cost of college education; time management; general financial aid; how to integrate interest in sports with excellent academic performance; visit public health sites and local area hospitals
  • Provide opportunities for students to interact with public health professionals and public health graduate students
  • Provide opportunities for rising 12th grade students to participate in public health research 

Additional Highlights:

  • Workshops on transiting from eighth grade to high school
  • Opportunity to earn Service/Service Learning Hours
  • Opportunity to fulfill 12th grade Senior Project Requirement
  • Opportunity to earn high school enrichment hours


  • Must be enrolling in grades 6-12 in fall 2013
  • Must have a minimum GPA of 2.50(Ct) at the end of the current (2012-13) school year
  • Must be interested in pursuing a career in health professions

Stipends: No stipends will be awarded for summer 2013.

Letter of Acceptance/Mandatory Orientation

Accepted students/parents will receive an acceptance letter via email by the end of May. Student must attend orientation along with a parent/guardian. Mandatory Parent/Student Orientation: Friday, June 14, 4:00-6:00pm.

Completed application packet includes:

Application for Admission, essay, most recent report card or transcript, counselor assessment form and 3 teacher recommendation forms. Mail or deliver completed application packet to: UIC School of Public Health, Urban Health and Diversity Programs, 1603 W. Taylor, Room 152, Chicago, IL 60612. Faxed or electronic documents will not be reviewed.

Contact us: (312) 355-2951 or dwashi5@uic.edu.

Website: http://publichealth.uic.edu/urbanhealthanddiversityprogram/programs/summerpublichealthscienceinstitute/

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