Program Overview

The healthcare industry is one of the largest and fastest growing industries in the world. As technologies in the field advance, the number of new and exciting career opportunities continues to rise. With so many options, both existing and on the horizon, students interested in the medical and healthcare sector require exposure across the vast possibilities that will be available to them.

High school students in the Summer College Pre-Med and Healthcare Professions program will explore the spectrum of healthcare, from obstetrics to gerontology, from psychology to physical therapy, from nutrition to neuroscience, to name a few. Gaining insights into these fields is important for high school students as the variety of healthcare jobs require different degrees, certificates, practicum hours, and more. This program will help students as they consider what their journey will look like as they work towards becoming a healthcare professional.

Four of Syracuse University schools and colleges are collaborating to offer this unique Summer College program: The College of Arts & Sciences, The College of Engineering and Computer Science, The David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics, and the School of Education.

There is no specific major, minor, area of research, or academic program that is required by professional schools. Pre-health students must complete requisite courses (predominantly sciences), but they are strongly encouraged to select a major that reflects their personal and academic interests. Students are encouraged to explore the many majors, minors and Integrated Learning Majors offered at Syracuse and pursue the academic plan that is right for them. Possibilities offered within the previously mentioned schools and colleges include:

  • Addiction Studies
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemistry
  • Cognitive Science
  • Communication Science and Disorders
  • Exercise Science (Physical Therapy)
  • Forensic Science
  • Gerontology

  • Health and Exercise Science
  • Health and Wellness
  • Human Development and Family Science
  • Medical Anthropology
  • Mindfulness and Contemplative Studies
  • Neuroscience
  • Nutrition Science and Dietetics
  • Psychology
  • Public Health
  • Social Welfare
  • Social Work

Program Objectives

Students will:

  • Gain a broad understanding of the healthcare industry
  • Obtain hands-on experience in college laboratories across a variety of disciplines
  • Engage with healthcare professionals through multiple site visits
  • Take part in multiple sessions with professional Syracuse University pre-med/pre-health advising staff
  • Become acquainted with a variety of potential college majors
  • Learn how to map out different college majors with potential career options

Learn more about Pre-Med & Health Professions: Across the Lifespan:

Program Dates & Details Eligibility Requirements Program Cost Program Requirements Typical Day Faculty Bio

Program Dates & Details

Session Dates

Session II: July 13 – July 26, 2019
Duration: 2-weeks


Credit: Noncredit
Grading SystemPass/Fail

Eligibility Requirements

Preferred rising Juniors and Seniors. Students must be a minimum of 15 years of age by the orientation and move-in date.  For full Summer College admission requirements, view the Admissions Overview and Eligibility page.

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Program Cost

Program Cost:

  • Residential: $3,360*
  • Commuter: $2,566*

*Please visit our Program Costs page for more detailed information. Program rates are subject to change and will be approved by the board of trustees in March.

Program Requirements

Textbook & Materials

Details coming soon!

Student Expectations

Students must:

  • Attend to all academic requirements
  • Be on time for all sessions
  • Be attentive and engaged
  • Respect rules and policies related to visiting and use of University labs
  • Respect rules and policies when visiting healthcare facilities
  • Complete all academic requirements

This is an academically rigorous, college-level program. Students are expected to complete nightly homework assignments and actively participate in group projects. Students are expected to attend all classes every day, arrive on time, and meet all academic obligations. Free time will vary as each program is unique, as is the subsequent workload.

Typical Day

Tentative Schedule

The typical daily schedule will be from 9 AM to 4 PM with up to one hour for lunch. (Some evening or weekend sessions may also be required.) Students will spend both morning and afternoon sessions involved in a variety of the following:

  • Faculty lectures and presentations,
  • Group work in University labs led by current undergraduate and graduate students,
  • Tours of various University lab facilities,
  • Sessions on college major advising and career mapping,
  • Guest speakers and career panel discussions,
  • Field trips to a variety of healthcare facilities in the Syracuse area

When class is over, and on weekends, students can look forward to various Summer College trips and activities. Check out our Campus Activities page for more information!

Final Academic Obligation

Students are permitted to leave on Friday, July 26, 2019 after 4:30pm upon the completion of the final class. If students have any questions regarding their final academic obligation, we encourage them to reach out to their instructor. Please refer to the Move-Out page for important information regarding the checkout process.

Faculty Bios

Ruth Phillips- Assistant Teaching Professor, Biology, College of Arts & Sciences

Brittany Kmush- Assistant Professor, Public Health, The David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics

Margaret Voss- Professor of Practice, Nutrition Science & Dietetics, The David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics

Coleen Baish- Professor of Practice, Human Development & Family Science, The David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics

Doug Yung- Assistant Teaching Professor, Biomechanical Engineering, College of Engineering & Computer Science