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Health Careers Development Program

The Health Careers Development Program (HCDP) 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

HCDP component

The Health Careers Development Program term for undergraduate, graduate and professional observers is eight weeks long. Each participant can receive up to 40 hours of shadowing experience and credit.

  • Fall 2019 - Aug. 21-Oct. 16
    Application opens: June 26
    Application deadline: July 30
  • Winter 2019 - Oct. 16-Dec. 22
    Application opens: Sept. 1
    Application deadline: Sept. 30
  • Spring 2020 - Jan. 15-March 16
    Application opens: Nov. 27
    Application deadline: Dec. 22


Letters of recommendation and official transcripts should be sent to the following address:

  • UMMC Office of Health Careers Opportunity
    Attn: Dr. Gaarmel Funches, Director
    2500 N. State St.
    Jackson, MS 39216
  • E-scripts (electronic official transcripts) should be sent to Dr. Gaarmel Funches.

Device requirements

The preferred browsers for this application are Internet Explorer (IE) and Firefox. When using a MacBook, download Firefox to your device. Contact this office for further computer questions.

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."