The Office of Educational Outreach and Pathway Initiatives is committed to helping increase the number of historically underrepresented individuals within the health care professions to reduce health disparities among underserved communities in Colorado. The purpose of the Undergraduate Pre-Health Program (UPP) is to work with underrepresented students, preparing them to enter and thrive within their chosen professional school and healthcare field. UPP provides tools and experiences that equip our students to succeed and grow both professionally and academically to reach their desired careers. By participating in the program, students become more familiar with current health disparities, health policy, and social justice issues that impact equity in healthcare.
UPP offers yearlong programming that includes academic workshops, training and certification sessions, community projects, and cultural discussions addressing health disparities, health equity, and community topics. Each cohort consists of 15-20 underrepresented undergraduate students, looking to attend medical, dental, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant, nursing, public health, graduate, M.D./Ph.D., or other professional schools post-graduation.