Eligibility and Recruitment


The program is open to:

  • Massachusetts residents who attend a Massachusetts high school.
  • Massachusetts students who are a U.S. citizen or have permanent resident status.
  • Current Massachusetts high school sophomores/juniors:
  • Under-represented individuals in medicine, nursing, biomedical research, biotechnology and the health professions (BBHP) are African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans and South East Asians.
  • Disadvantaged individuals include those from economically disadvantaged (i.e. meets Federal guidelines for low income, poverty and/or free and reduced lunches) and/or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds (i.e. first generation college graduates).

    Applicants must meet the first three criteria and at least one item in the last two bullet points.

Income Guidelines Form 2016-2017 Low Income Guidelines.pdf

HSHCP Recruitment Visits

The Director of Outreach Programs, Mr. Robert Layne, visits local high schools and programs throughout central Massachusetts during the months of October through February. He informs students and teachers about the program and distributes brochures to familiarize attendees with the program opportunities. 

Open House Visits

The Office of Outreach Programs, at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) in Worcester, sponsors Scheduled Open Houses to familiarize high school students, teachers, principals, guidance counselors, and parents with the career opportunities in BBHP. Each Open House includes a tour of certain departments of the UMMS Campus and a presentation in the amphitheater. Please be advised that Open House visits are scheduled on a first come first serve basis.

To attend a High School Health Careers Program Open House the request must be made by a high school teacher, principal, guidance counselor, parent or guardian. To schedule a reservation please contact Outreach Programs at 508-856-2707 and ask for Madeline Rivera or you can send the tour request form to madelin.bermudezrivera@umassmed.edu 

Open House Tour Form  TOUR REQUEST FORM.pdf

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