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 in the future.

High school students in the Summer College Pre-Med and Healthcare Professions pre-college program will explore a broad spectrum of healthcare related fields; from obstetrics to gerontology, psychology to physical therapy, nutrition to neuroscience, the importance of research, 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, etc. This program will help students as they consider what their journey will look like as they work towards becoming a healthcare professional.

There is no specific major, minor, area of research, or academic program that is required by professional schools. Undergraduate 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. Undergrads 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. Related majors and minors offered within Syracuse University’s 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

 This past summer, I had the amazing opportunity to attend Syracuse University Summer College Pre-Med and Health Professions program. The people I met (faculty and peers), the information I learned, and the memories I’ll always remember, made this experience worthwhile. Within the program, I learned about Syracuse’s ways of exploring the health community and which majors we could pursue at Syracuse to get into a medical career, while also discovering the positive and negative impacts of antibiotics and even the ins and outs of a forensic lab/unit. As a bonus, I made lifelong friendships and have gratifying memories. Overall, SU Summer College was an experience that opened my eyes to the many potential paths I can take and end up in my ideal career. Thank you, Syracuse University Summer College!  – Samaria H., Summer College Pre-Med and Health Professions student, 2019.

Program Objectives

Students will:

  • Gain a broad understanding of the healthcare industry
  • Engage with healthcare professionals
  • Take part in multiple virtual sessions with professional Syracuse University pre-med/pre-health advising staff and Honors 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: 

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

Program Dates & Details

Session Dates

3-week Session I: June 29 – July 17, 2020
Duration: 3 weeks
Live (Synchronous) Session Times: MTWThF, 1:00pm – 2:30pm


Credit: Noncredit
Grading SystemPass/Fail

Class Size

Class size is dependent on the number of enrolled students and the program capacity. Please email Summer College if you would like to know the number of students in this program.

Eligibility Requirements

Students must be of rising high school sophomore, junior, or senior status – or a 2020 high school graduate. For full Summer College admission requirements, view the Admissions Overview and Eligibility page.

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Program Cost

Program Cost:

  • Online ONLY: $2,500

*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.  Discounts and scholarships are also available.

Program Requirements

Student Expectations

Students must:

  • Attend to all academic requirements
  • Be on time for all synchronous sessions
  • Be attentive and engaged
  • Respect rules and policies
  • 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

Students will be in a synchronous class Monday-Friday from 1:00pm – 2:30pm EST.

When class is over, and on weekends, students can look forward to various Summer College virtual activities to meet and connect with other students across the world. Check out our Virtual Events and Activities page for more information!

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

Education and Experience:

  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology, North Carolina Central University, Durham NC (2004-2017)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, National Institute of Environmental Health Science, Research Triangle Park, NC (2003-2004)
  • Ph.D., Pharmacology and Cancer Biology, Duke University, Durham NC (2002)
  • B.S., Neuropsychology and Anthropological Zoology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (1994)

Research and Teaching Interests:

Biotechnology, Cell Biology, Genetics and Cancer Biology –

  • Cancer treatments using signal transduction, cell cycle regulation.
  • Post-translational gene regulation via AU-rich elements.
  • Nucleocytoplasmic shuttling and regulation of RNA binding proteins.

Broadening participation of underrepresented and underserved populations in biology and biotechnology fields through –

  • Course-based research in the undergraduate biology curriculum.
  • Implementing service-learning based science outreach programs in the community.
  • Developing strategies and techniques that build resiliency for students.

Rachel Razza – Associate Professor and Graduate Director, the Department of Human Development and Family Science in Falk College

Razza graduated from SUNY Geneseo with a B.A. in psychology and completed both her M.S. and Ph.D. in human development and family studies at the Pennsylvania State University. Razza continued her studies as a post-doctoral researcher at Teachers College, Columbia University before joining the Syracuse University faculty in 2007. Dr. Razza specializes in social and cognitive development in at-risk children and youth, the different facets of self-regulation, and mindfulness-based practices as an intervention strategy for fostering resilience and promoting wellbeing. Dr. Razza also coordinates the Mindfulness and Contemplative Studies minor and is associate director of the Contemplative Collaborative, a campus wide working group of faculty, staff and students who envision practices, strategies and scholarly research that foster interest in and understanding of complex issues.


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

Margaret Voss is an Associate Professor 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.