Health Profession Pathways Initiative

The Health Profession Pathways Initiative is an effort to build more equitable curricular and co-curricular experiences and outcomes for students historically underrepresented in health professions.

UMN system mapThe Pre-Health Student Resource Center spearheaded this system-wide initiative in Oct 2018, by bringing together a system-wide taskforce that has been working together to:

  • identify implementable strategies to reduce or eliminate barriers that students face
  • develop enrichment opportunities for students and the larger UMN community, and
  • strengthen collaboration in student support services for pre-health students from underrepresented populations

A Brief Overview of the HPPI

  • An overarching goal of the HPPI is to contribute to building a diverse health workforce that is representative of the overall population.
  • The work of the HPPI has built productive relationships across all 5 UMN system campuses.
  • The HPPI Task Force examined the landscape of current support services for pre-health students, as well as diagnosing gaps and strategies to address them.
  • The Task Force also deliberated extensively to identify and analyze the range of barriers pre-health students face, in order to ensure that future strategies align with the needs of the student population.
  • One outcome of the work of the Task Force is that the Pre-Health Student Resource Center will implement two new student programs this year, the First-Gen Pre-Health Workshop Series and the Pre-Health LEAD program.

Seeing Mentors

The Pre Health Student Resource Center, through the Health Professions Pathway Initiative, is looking for mentors and coaches for pre-health students coming from communities historically underrepresented in the health professions.

The long-term goal is to have a collection of faculty, staff, and students from across the health sciences committed to diversifying the health workforce who can provide mentorship, coaching, or even just advice for pre-health students. As we identify faculty, staff, and students we will build a more formal way for students and mentors to interact.

If you are interested in being involved, or learning more, you can fill out this short form. You will be contacted soon after by PHSRC staff. 

first gen pre-health workshop series

The Pre-Health Student Resource Center is committed to enhancing the experience of first-generation students and supporting them in achieving their goal of obtaining a career in the health field.

The First-Gen Pre-Health Workshop Series kicked off Fall 2019, covering key topics around health professional school application preparation and building community among the first-gen pre-health population.

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Pre-Health LEAD (Leaders Engaging and Developing) is a 10-month leadership development program for students underrepresented in the health professions.

Students will participate in experiential opportunities to examine, develop, and reflect on leadership competencies desired by health profession programs. Student applications will be accepted through January 31. 

Learn More & Apply

Now that I am a second year medical student, I feel passionate about working in any capacity that I can to empower students from underrepresented backgrounds to successfully pursue a career in medicine. It is so important that our future physicians reflect the patients that they serve.

- 2nd year UMN Medical School Student & HPPI Student Advisory Board Member

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