SHPEP Eligibility & How to Apply

To be eligible for SHPEP, program applicants must:

  • Be a freshman or sophomore undergraduate student OR a community college student at the time of application (60 college credits or less)
  • Have a minimum overall GPA of 2.5
  • Be a U.S. citizen, a Permanent Resident, or an individual granted deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) status by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
  • Not a previous participant in the program

Other factors for consideration include that a student:

  • Identifies with a group that is racially/ethnically underrepresented in the health professions; comes from an economically or educationally disadvantaged background; and/or has demonstrated an interest in issues affecting underserved populations
  • Submits a compelling personal statement and a strong letter of recommendation

How to Apply

The SHPEP application for 2020 will be available on November 1st, 2019 and may be accessed by visiting the program site at If interested in participating in SHPEP at CUIMC, please be sure to select Columbia as one of your site choices when prompted. Application deadline is February 5th, 2020.

All applications go through the national website and are then funneled to the individual program sites. If you have questions about the application, contact the SHPEP National site directly. If you have questions about the SHPEP program at Columbia University, contact us at or 212-305-4157.

2020 Program Dates: June 19, 2020-July 31, 2020