The High School Health Careers Program

High School Health Careers Program

The Summer High School Health Careers Program is a tuition-free four-week residential program for sophomores and juniors in high school that are interested in entering the health care professions.Participants are housed in dormitories at Worcester State University and they are REQUIRED to reside at the residence hall for the duration of the program. Participants are supervised by Dorm Parents (DPs) in a ratio of 1DP to 5 participants. Meals are  provided to all participants for the duration of the program.


First Student Transportation, Inc. provides transportation between UMass Medical School and Worcester State University. The HSHCP will provide participants daily meal tickets for lunches.


  • To increase the pool of competitive applicants from under-represented and disadvantaged backgrounds by enhancing their ability to graduate from high school and prepare for college.


  • Expose high school students who are under-represented in medicine to the healthcare professions, biomedical and biotechnology careers at an early stage in their academic development.
  • Encourage program participants to set high academic goals and assist in developing strategies to achieve those goals.
  • Place participants in job shadowing/internship in the healthcare and science professions.
  • Provide participants the opportunity to network with other Massachusetts high school students.
  • Offer program participants the opportunity to interact with medical students, scientists, healthcare professionals and network with their peers.
  • Inform participants about the Biomedical Careers Fair Workshops, the college application and financial aid process.
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