Please note that this program is currently full and is not accepting more students at this time. You may be interested in these other programs:

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, psychology to physical therapy, nutrition to neuroscience, and more. 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.

Five 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, the School of Education, and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.

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
  • Bioengineering
  • 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 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

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

Colleen Baish Cameron is a Professor of Practice in the Department of Human Development and Family Science at Syracuse University. She completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology/Child LIfe Specialty at Syracuse University, and completed her graduate degree at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, specializing in social, emotional and behavioral disabilities in children. Her areas of clinical practice as a Certified Child Life Specialist in academic medical centers includes University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital, University of California San Francisco Benioff Children’s Hospital, and SUNY Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. Professor Cameron began working at Syracuse University in 2009, and has since received awards for her research in interdisciplinary approaches to pediatric pain management from the American Academy of Pediatrics, Society of Pediatric Nurses, Pediatric Academic Society, and the International Association for the Study of Pain/Special Interest Group on Pain in Childhood. Her contributions as an active member of the Association of Child Life Professionals includes functioning as an item writer for the Child Life Professional Certification Exam, International Academic Program Reviewer, as well as the Co-Chair of the Academic Track Planning Group. She also serves as a reviewer for the Journal of Pediatrics and the International Journal of Play. Professor Cameron is also a Board Director for the Street Addiction Institute, a non-profit organization that serves to address the underlying trauma in communities impacted with violence. Her current interests include integrating trauma-informed curricular content into medical education.

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

Brittany Kmush is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health, Food Studies, and Nutrition at Syracuse University. She received her PhD from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH). She earned a master of science in infectious disease epidemiology from JHSPH and holds a bachelor of science in biochemistry from the University of Rochester where she graduated cum laude. Her areas of specialization include epidemiology, global health, infectious diseases, vaccines, nutrition, immunology and environmental exposures particularly within the context of risks for infectious diseases, and Hepatitis E virus.

Check out her bio on the Falk College website.

Elizabeth Nelsen, MD- Associate Professor of Pediatrics at SUNY Upstate Medical University

Elizabeth Nelsen, MD, is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York. She completed an undergraduate degree in Biology and French at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York and went on to receive an MA in Nutrition Science from Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York. She then matriculated at SUNY Upstate Medical University, and received an MD in 2006. She completed both a residency in pediatrics and a chief residency in pediatrics at SUNY Upstate. Dr. Nelsen joined the faculty in the Division of General Pediatrics in the Department of Pediatrics at SUNY Upstate in 2010. She was named Associate Program Director for the Pediatric Residency Program in 2012, and also serves as the chair of the program’s clinical competency committee. She has a variety of responsibilities, including precepting in the outpatient resident clinic, serving as a resident advisor and mentor, and is chair of the PRACTICE committee, a group of faculty and residents whose work focuses on improving resident communication skills, handoff skills, and well-being. Her research interests focus on resident education and resident well-being. She has presented her work on resident education nationally. Dr. Nelsen also serves as a reviewer for Association of Pediatric Program Directors, Pediatric Academic Society, and Association of American Medical Colleges national meetings. Currently her work is focusing on resident quality improvement education and use of quality improvement methods to gauge changes in resident well-being.

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

Bio coming soon!


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

Margaret Voss is a Professor of Professional Practice in the Department of Public Health, Food Studies, and Nutrition at Syracuse University and a faculty affiliate in the University’s interdisciplinary program in neuroscience. She received her PhD in biology from Syracuse University (comparative physiology and behavior) and completed her MS (physiological ecology) and BS (biology, summa cum laude) from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF). Prior to returning to Syracuse in 2013, she held faculty appointments in biology and served on health professions advising committees at SUNY Potsdam and Penn State Erie, Behrend College. She currently teaches courses in nutritional biochemistry, nutritional genomics, and human metabolism. She has received teaching awards from Syracuse University, Penn State, and ESF. Her areas of expertise include vertebrate metabolism, energetics, reproductive physiology, and embryonic development. Dr. Voss belongs to the One Health Initiative, a worldwide strategy for expanding interdisciplinary collaborations and communications in all aspects of health care for humans, animals and the environment. She interested in the ways in which humans alter their environment and the subsequent repercussions for both human and non-human vertebrate health. Her research focuses on the link between environmental influences (e.g., photoperiod, food availability, dietary components and substrate availability) and genotype and phenotype (e.g. changes in metabolism, reproductive physiology, and the timing of embryonic development).

Check out her bio on the Falk College website. 

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

Douglas Yung is an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Department of Biomedical and Chemical Engineering at Syracuse University and the Director for the Bioengineering undergraduate program. He earned his B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering and Mathematics from UCLA in 2003 and a Ph.D. in Bioengineering from Caltech in 2008. He worked as a NASA Postdoctoral Fellow at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California on sensor development, microfluidics, and bacterial spore viability. He joined the Department of Electronic Engineering at the Chinese University of Hong Kong as an assistant professor in 2009. Douglas has long been intrigued by the interfacing of microbes with engineering tools on a micro- and nano-scale. He is unraveling methods to rapidly assess the viability of superbugs and harness energy from extremophiles using a combination of electrochemical, optical techniques and MEMS devices. He is an advocate of a hybrid teaching and learning environment replete with project-based hands-on work, experiential activities and peer collaboration, a style departing from traditional top-down expository pedagogies.

Check out his bio on the Engineering and Computer Science website.