Multicultural Affairs

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  • Health Careers Development Program

     The Health Careers Development Program is an eight week program that provides observational learning opportunities designed to help undergraduate, graduate, and professional students/learners to explore career opportunities in  health care and understand the education and skills that different occupations require. 

    Opportunities are available to shadow:

    • Physicians
    • Researchers
    • Dentists
    • Pharmacists
    • Nurse practitioners
    • Physician assistants
    • Nurses
    • Physical therapists
    • Occupational therapists
    • Dental hygienists
    • Respiratory therapists

    Click here for program requirements and frequently asked questions.

    HCDP components

    There are three components of HCDP for which you may apply:

    • The Health Careers Development Program Term Component for the highest academic shadowing experience and credit for undergraduate, graduate, and professional observers (8 weeks).
    • The Health Careers Development Program High School Component for a one-day experience (suitable for High School Advanced Seminar or Senior Project credit).
    • The Health Careers Development Program Observer/Shadowing Component for a three-day experience in a particular specialty for pre-health or health related undergraduate majors.

    Upcoming sessions

    •  Fall 2013: Sept. 23, 2013 - Nov. 15, 2013
      • Deadline for application: July 26, 2013
    • Winter 2013: Nov. 25, 2013 - Jan. 17, 2014
      • Deadline for applications: Oct. 25, 2013
    • Spring 2014: Feb. 3, 2014 - April 14, 2014
      • Deadline for applications: Jan. 3, 2014
    • Summer One 2014:  May 5, 2014 - June 27, 2014
      • Deadline for applications: April 4, 2014
    • Summer Two 2014:  July 7, 2014 - Aug. 29, 2014
      • Deadline for applications:  June 6, 2014

    Click here for the HCDP program application.

    For more information

    • Dr. Gaarmel Funches
              Director of Programs
              Division of Multicultural Affairs
              Phone: (601) 984-1336

    Student testimonials

    "It was a very enlightening, motivating, and inspirational experience. I am grateful to have had the honor of participating."

    "I would suggest this program to fellow students. This program is very beneficial to learning more about a certain area of study."

    "I really loved this program. I gained valuable information, insight, and experience that exceeded any expectation I could have had. I am so grateful for the opportunity I had to participate in this program."

    "This was a fantastic program and I enjoyed it a lot! I didn't want it to be over!"

    "I really enjoyed the program and found it to be so helpful on guiding me to the future career that best suits me. I loved my experience here and would recommend it to anyone who's wavering about what they want to become or just want to learn more about what they've already had their minds on."