Health Sciences Preparatory Program
Overview | Admissions | Tuition, Fees & Financial Aid | Curriculum | Schedule
Program Director, Kendall L. Knight, Ph.D.
Assistant Vice Provost for Admissions, UMMS
Associate Dean, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Professor, Dept. of Biochemistry & Molecular Pharmacology
The Health Sciences Preparatory Program (HSPP) has two specific goals:
- Enhance student diversity in the professional and doctoral health sciences.
- Enhance the educational preparedness of students for participation in health sciences programs.
This program contributes to these goals by recruiting students into a pre-professional/pre-doctoral health sciences preparatory program in which each student is taught the principles that are foundational to professional and doctoral level health sciences programs in medicine, nursing or biomedical research. The HSPP comprises a year-long curriculum and training experience that combines instruction in biochemistry, genetics, physiology and epidemiology/biostatistics with discipline-specific practica resulting in a total of 24 credits of instruction.
The result is a cadre of students who are well grounded in disciplines considered essential for competitive admission into and long-term success in professional health sciences programs. The initial academic year (AY2012/2013) focuses on enrollment in the School of Medicine (SOM) track with subsequent years to include tracks within the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS) and the Graduate School of Nursing (GSN).