Health Sciences Preparatory Program

Program Director, Deborah Harmon Hines, Ph.D. 
 Vice Provost of School Services, UMMS
 Professor, Dept. of Cell & Developmental Biology  

Curriculum Coordinator, 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:

  1. Enhance student diversity in professional health sciences. 
  2. Enhance the educational preparedness of students for participation in health sciences programs.

This program contributes to these goals by providing a curriculum in which each student is taught principles that are foundational to professional health sciences programs in medicine, nursing or biomedical research. The HSPP comprises a year-long curriculum and training experience that combines instruction in the core academic subjects of biochemistry, physiology and epidemiology/ biostatistics together with courses focused on professional skills development. 

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 HSPP is designed as a pre-matriculation program for enrollment in the School of Medicine (SOM), but classes are also available to those interested in preparation for enrollment in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS) or the Graduate School of Nursing (GSN). 

Criteria for eligibility, enrollment, and academic advancement 

Students gain access to the HSPP following an initial application to the SOM through the normal SOM application process. The SOM will review each applicant using criteria published on the School of Medicine Admissions web site.

The SOM admissions committee will select those students who fulfill requirements for consideration as disadvantaged or under-represented minorities and who, based on prior experience would benefit from an additional year of study and preparation before reapplying to medical school. These students will be interviewed to determine fit for the program and upon successful interview will be offered admission to the HSPP. Selected HSPP applicants will be invited to visit the school and upon acceptance will be required to undergo a criminal background check prior to matriculation. 
Students undertaking the HSPP courses and practicum are not assured admission to the SOM upon completion but are strongly encouraged to reapply for admission. 
Academic advancement requires an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Enrollment period 

The HSPP follows the SOM academic year, typically early August - through May 30. HSPP courses are also open to any SOM, GSN or GSBS student. 

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